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Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry Jean-Marie Lehn will deliver a lecture at the University of Alicante


Alicante, 2 June 2011

  In the International Year of Chemistry, the 1987 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, Jean-Marie Lehn, invited by the University of Alicante's Faculty of Sciences, will give the lecture «Perspectives in Chemistry: From Supramolecular Chemistry towards Adaptive Chemistry». It will be held on 7 June, at 6 pm, at the Faculty of Law's Assembly Hall.

 Jean-Marie Lehn was born in Rosheim, France, in 1939. In 1970, he became professor in Chemistry at the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg and from 1979 to 2010, he was a lecturer at the College de France in Paris. He is currently professor emeritus at the University of Strasbourg. In 1987, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies on the chemical basis of "molecular recognition" meaning the way in which a receptor molecule recognizes and interacts specifically with a substrate molecule. The "molecular recognition" plays a fundamental role in biological processes.

  His work over the years led him to define a new field in chemistry, for which he proposed the name "Supramolecular Chemistry". In contrast to molecular chemistry, which deals with entities formed by covalently bonded atoms, the "Supramolecular Chemistry" deals with complex entities formed by association of two or more chemical species held together by noncovalent intermolecular forces. Subsequently, this area of chemistry has evolved into what is known as "chemical self-organization processes" and more recently to what has been called "adaptive chemistry".

 Jean-Marie Lehn is the author of more than eight hundred and fifty publications, a member of several academies and scientific institutions and has received numerous awards and honours.






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