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Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Dr.Jean-Marie Lehn Visits CCNU

Revision:Lan YiqianDate:2018/11/02

On October 25th, Jean-Marie Lehn, the academician of the French Academy of Sciences, the foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the “father of the supramolecular chemistry” and the winner of the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, visited our university and brought an excellent academic presentation:Steps Towards Life: Chemistry!

Lehn first explained the important role of chemistry in physics and life during the evolution of the universe based on the theory that everything came from the Big Bang. From molecular chemistry to supramolecular chemistry, from thoughts to practice, from foundation to the application, he gave us a profound interpretation of the progress of chemistry,- from static to dynamic, from simple to complex, from non-life to life. He also introduced the theoretical system in a simple but detailed way combining with mythological stories and Chinese cultural elements, and put forward his unique and profound understanding, which fully demonstrated the charm of chemistry.

At the end of the lecture, Professor Lehn quoted the saying of Han Yu, a poet of the Tang dynasty, “ Those who sit in the well, say the sky is small.” He emphasized that science needs researchers with broad vision, we need to gain as much knowledge as possible, and apply to scientific research. He also encouraged students to take an active part in the scientific undertaking and share the future of human civilization scientifically.

The lecture lasted more than two hours, and the atmosphere was very active during the interaction session. Professor Lehn patiently answered all the questions proposed by CCNU students.

Professor Jean-Marie Lehn was one of the first chemists to work in the field of supramolecular chemistry. He is the first one to propose the concept of “supramolecular chemistry”, thus regarded as the “father of the supramolecular chemistry”. In 1987, at the age of 48, Lehn won the Noble Prize in Chemistry for his outstanding contribution to the study of supramolecular chemistry. After decades of development, supramolecular chemistry has become an important branch of chemistry and is still full of vigor and vitality.

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