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June 26, 2012
Münster Symposium on Cooperative Effects in Chemistry
The 3rd Annual Münster Symposium on Cooperative Effects in Chemistry was held in the historic Castle of Münster (now the main building of the university) on Friday, May 4th 2012. This conference, which has significantly grown over the last years, attracted more than 300 scientists from Germany, the neighboring countries, and even from overseas. The audience was treated to an exceptional list of world-renowned scientists presenting four diverse plenary lectures related to the theme of the conference. Shie-Ming Peng (National Taiwan University, Taipei) gave a lively tour through his extensive research into supramolecular multimetal complexes and their function as one-dimensional molecular wires. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University, USA and Editorial Board member of ChemPlusChem) gave in his talk ″Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization–From Mechanism and Synthesis to Materials and Applications″ as a general overview over of this field including in-depth description of applications in the field of nanomaterials. Christopher A. Hunter (University of Sheffield, UK) enthralled the audience with careful dissection of ″The Anatomy of Complex Recognition Interfaces″. Finally, David W. C. MacMillan (Princeton University, USA) was as engaging as ever while reporting about new concepts in homogenous catalysis and the importance of serendipity in the discovery of new reactions (see upper picture of the speakers).
The organizers are strongly committed to supporting young researchers by giving them the opportunity to present their own work during an extensive poster session that included over 70 posters which awaited the researchers after their buffet lunch. The diversity and quality of these posters is testament to the broad range of chemistry that incorporates cooperative effects in some fashion. Four selected posters of exceptional quality were awarded with poster prizes. The happy winners were Sabrina Freye (University of Göttingen), Thomas Wiegand (University of Münster, SFB 858), Nathalie E. Wurz (University of Münster), and Peter Persich (MPI Mülheim) The winners are pictured below with Jan Ravoo.
The themed research symposium is an annual highlight of the Collaborative Research Center (Sonderforschungsbereich) 858. Currently 22 principle investigators are working within 21 collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. The team wishes to extend an early invitation to you for next year′s 4th annual Münster Symposium on Cooperative Effects in Chemistry.
Written by Ulrich Hennecke and Mark P. Waller