Sir John Meurig Thomas, University of Cambridge, UK, has delivered the third annual Gerhard Ertl Lecture in Berlin, Germany, with a lecture entitled “Unifying Thoughts on Single-Site Catalysts”.
Sir John is known for his work on heterogeneous catalysis with silica-based materials and the use of electron microscopy and related techniques in chemistry. He is also known for his work in promoting chemistry to the public at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He is still an avid contributor to Angewandte Chemie and ChemPubSoc Europe journals at over 75 years of age.
The Gerhard Ertl Lecture was created by the Free, Technical and Humboldt Universities of Berlin and the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, with sponsorship from BASF. The lecture honors Gerhard Ertl, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2007, and director of the Fritz Haber institute from 1986 until his retirement in 2004.
Left: J. M. Thomas delivers his lecture. Right: With Gerhard Ertl (right).
Photos: (c) Mario Müller/Wiley-VCH
Recent work by Sir John Meurig Thomas:
► Review on single-site heterogeneous catalysis
- Single-Site Heterogeneous Catalysts
J. M. Thomas, R. Raja, D. W. Lewis,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44(40), 6456–6482.
► Review on electron-loss spectroscopy
- The Renaissance and Promise of Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy
J. M. Thomas,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48(47), 8824–8826.
► Review on high-resolution electron microscopy
- The Merits of Static and Dynamic High-Resolution Electron Microscopy (HREM) for the Study of Solid Catalysts
J. M. Thomas, P. A. Midgley,
ChemCatChem 2010, 2(7), 783–798.
► Report on the production of nitrogen-containing pharmaceutical chemicals with a single-site heterogeneous catalyst
- Facile, One-Step Production of Niacin (Vitamin B3) and Other Nitrogen-Containing Pharmaceutical Chemicals with a Single-Site Heterogeneous Catalyst
R. Raja, J. M. Thomas, M. Greenhill-Hooper, S. V. Ley, F. A. Almeida Paz,
Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14(8), 2340–2348.
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