10/25/18 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Gassman Lectureship #3: Professor Emeritus Klaus Müllen
Paul G. Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry
Professor Klaus Müllen's broad research interests range from the development of new polymer-forming reactions, including methods of organometallic chemistry, to the chemistry and physics of small molecules, graphenes, dendrimers and biosynthetic hybrids. His work further encompasses the formation of multi-dimensional polymers with complex shape-persistent architectures, nanocomposites, and molecular materials with liquid crystalline properties for electronic and optoelectronic devices. His research targets include:
- graphenes and carbon materials;
- new polymer-forming reactions including methods of organometallic chemistry;
- multi-dimensional polymers with complex shape-persistent architectures;
- functional polymeric networks, in particular for catalytic purposes;
- dyes and pigments;
- chemistry and physics of single molecules;
- molecular materials with liquid crystalline properties for electronic and optoelectronic devices;
- biosynthetic hybrids; and
Professor Müllen joined the Max Planck Society in 1989 as one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. His doctorate degree was granted by the University of Basel in 1972. He received his habilitation in 1977 at ETH, Zürich. In 1979, he became a professor at the University of Cologne and, in 1983, at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz. He owns about 60 patents, has published more than 1,700 papers and has a h-index of 125.
In honor of Regents Professor Paul G. Gassman
Regents Professor Paul G. Gassman died in April 1993, at the age of 57. He was internationally known in the chemical community, and left behind a legacy of achievement. During his career, he served as mentor and adviser to 85 doctoral and master’s candidates as well as dozens of postdoctoral associates and undergraduate students. Numerous awards, honors, and honorary degrees were bestowed in recognition of his contributions to research and his service to the scientific, professional, and university communities. Some of these awards include election to the National Academy of Sciences (1989) and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1992); the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry (1985); Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1986); and the National Catalyst Award of the Chemical Manufacturers Association (1990). He served as president of the American Chemical Society in 1990. He was co-chair of the organizing committees of the National Organic Symposium (1991) and the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research meeting (1992), on the University of Minnesota campus. It was his wish that a lectureship be established to bring distinguished organic chemists to the Department of Chemistry.