Lehn Lab Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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  • Published: 05 July 2015
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From the group of Jean-Marie Lehn at the University of Strasbourg, France, come cryptand ligands, a Nobel Prize, and 50 years of innovation in supramolecular chemistry.

To mark the anniversary of the lab, the group holds an international scientific meeting on supramolecular chemistry on July 3–5, 2015. The event brings together approximately 200 former Lehn lab members and other guests.


Lehn Lab

During the opening ceremony.


Speakers include Professor Ben Feringa, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and Professor Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, as well as Nobel Laureates Professor Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Collège de France, Paris (Nobel Prize in Physics 1997 "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light"), and Professor Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1981 "for theories concerning the course of chemical reactions").

Professor Lehn's research led to the inception of supramolecular chemistry, which instead of studying the bonds inside one molecule, looks at intermolecular attractions. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987 together with Donald J. Cram and Charles J. Pedersen for their work on the "development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity". Lehn specifically was honored for his development of cryptands, three-dimensional multidentate ligands. His later research focuses on self-organization processes and constitutional dynamic chemistry.


Lehn Lab

Picture of the group.


Also of Interest


Selected Publications by Jean-Marie Lehn


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