Huisgen is one of the most prominent chemists in mechanistic organic chemistry as well as synthetic heterocyclic chemistry of the past 60 years. He developed, among other things, the concept of 1,3 dipolar cycloadditions. The Huisgen cycloaddition, named in his honor, leads to, inter alia, nitrogen-containing five-membered rings, the central components of many complex natural products. It is thus a key step in the synthesis of alkaloids (mesembrine), antibiotics (e.g., thienamycine), and vitamins, such as vitamin D. Huisgen’s work opened up new areas of research in the life sciences and materials sciences.
Rolf Huisgen was born in 1920 in Gerolstein (Eifel). Er studied chemistry in Bonn and Munich, receiving his doctorate in 1943 for a dissertation on a strychnine alkaloid, supervised by the Nobel prize winner Heinrich Wieland. Huisgen published over 580 scientific papers. In Germany alone, 16 of his students became full professors. Huisgen retired in 1988, but as a professor emeritus, he continues – at the age of 89 – to give scientific lectures.
- Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin
Lecture Hall in the Zuse Institute Berlin
Takustr. 7, 14195 Berlin (subway stop: Dahlem-Dorf, U3)
- Friday, February 12, 2010, 3 p.m.
For further information, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Reißig
Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy at Freie Universität
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-55366, Email: Hans.Reissig@Chemie.FU-Berlin.de