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Nobel Prize-winning chemist to lecture May 4

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Apr 26, 2012 11:08 AM

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and Nobel Prize winner Richard Schrock will give two talks at the University of Louisville May 3 and 4. Both talks are free and open to the public.

Schrock’s more scientifically oriented talk about chemistry will begin at 2:30 p.m. May 3, in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium on Belknap Campus.

He will give a general-interest talk titled “Why the Nobel Prize in 2005?” at 1:30 p.m. May 4, also in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.

Schrock shares the 2005 Nobel in chemistry with two other scientists for work on an organic synthesis technique called olefin metathesis. The process helps cut the need for and creation of hazardous substances in chemical processes, leading to more efficient and environmentally friendly production of medicine, fuels, synthetic fibers and other products. The method has contributed to the development of “green chemistry.”

UofL’s Chemistry Graduate Student Association sponsors the annual distinguished lecturer series with Sud-Chemie.

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