Nobel Prize winner Roald Hoffmann is to give the fourth Gerhard Ertl Lecture

Address to be given on 8th December at the TU Berlin / Invitation

The US chemist Prof. Roald Hoffmann, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize, will give this year's Gerhard Ertl Lecture in recognition of his life's work. The subject of his lecture, entitled “The Chemical Imagination at Work in Very Tight Places,” is the chemical behaviour of materials subjected to extremely high pressure of several million bars. A tribute speech will also be given by Dr. Friedrich Seitz of the company BASF SE.

Please mention the Ertl Lecture in your publication. Journalists are cordially invited to attend.

Time: Thursday 8th December 2011, 4 pm

Awards ceremony and lecture followed by reception

Place: TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 115, 10623 Berlin, Chemie-Gebäude (Chemistry Building), Hörsaal C130. U-Bahn station: Ernst-Reuter-Platz / S-Bahn station: Tiergarten

The lecture will be given in English.

Please confirm attendance by 6th December 2011 by e-mailing pressestelle(at)

Roald Hoffmann received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his theoretical research into the course of chemical reactions. The Woodward-Hoffmann rules, with which every student of chemistry is familiar, are also named after him. However, Hoffmann is not just an exceptionally gifted researcher, but has also made a name for himself as a critical thinker and author. His theatre piece “Oxygen” will be performed as a dramatic reading the following day, Friday 9th December, also at the TU. Information on the play “Oxygen”:

It was for his contributions to the field of catalysis that Gerhard Ertl received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2007. Since then the three large Berlin universities in Berlin in conjunction with the Cluster of Excellence "Unifying Concepts in Catalysis" (UniCat) and Ertl’s home institute, the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI), and along with financial support from the chemical company BASF, have created an award that strives to recognize outstanding investigators and research in the field of catalysis.

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For further information, please contact: Dr. Martin Penno, UniCat, TU Berlin, Tel: 030/314-28592, E-Mail: martin.penno(at), and

Elisabeth Stankewitz, FHI, Tel: 030/8413-3102, E-Mail: stankewitz(at)

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