The third Heidelberg Forum of Molecular Catalysis (HFMC 2005) will be held at the University of Heidelberg on July 8, 2005. The internationally renowned scientific symposium on molecular catalysis is an event jointly organized by the university, the Collaborative Research Center “Molecular Catalysts: Structure and Functional Design” (SFB 623, established at the Heidelberg Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Science by the German National Science Foundation in 2002) and BASF Aktiengesellschaft, which is again sponsoring the event.
Three leading researchers from the field of catalysis will give lectures at the event: Professor David MacMillan from the California Institute of Technology, Professor Amir Hoveyda from Boston College, and Professor Gregory Fu from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A key theme of the meeting is the use of new catalysts for the enantioselective synthesis of organic compounds.
A highlight of the event will be presentation of the BASF Catalysis Award 2005 – worth a total of €10,000 – to an outstanding young researcher. This year’s winner is Professor Frank Glorius from the chemistry department of the University of Marburg. Glorius, who was born in 1972, will present his innovative research on catalysis for organic syntheses during a fourth lecture.