Nobel Laureate Jean-Marie Lehn to Speak at Yale on "Supramolecular Chemistry"

Nobel Laureate Jean-Marie Lehn

Nobel Laureate Jean-Marie Lehn will give lectures at Yale on October 23 and 24 that are free and open to the public.

Lehn’s talk at 4 p.m., on October 23 “Perspectives in Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecular Recognition towards Self-Recognition,” will be in Sterling Chemistry (SCL) room 110 and his talk at 10:30 a.m., on October 24 “From Supramolecular Chemistry to Constitutional Dynamic Chemistry,” will be in SCL 160.

Professor at the Collège de France in Paris since 1979, Lehn shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987 for his studies on the chemical basis of “molecular recognition” (i.e. the way in which a receptor molecule recognizes and selectively binds a substrate), which also plays a fundamental role in biological processes.

Over the years, Lehn’s work led to the definition of a new field of chemistry that he termed “supramolecular chemistry.” This field deals with the complex entities formed by the association of two or more chemical species held together by non-covalent intermolecular forces. From this work emerged the concept of “constitutional dynamic chemistry,” an approach that has impact on areas of research from drug discovery to materials science, to nanotechnology.

According to Lehn, “From molecular recognition, to self organization, to programmed chemical systems, supramolecular chemistry progressively leads up the ladder of complexity and opens new horizons for chemistry towards a science of informed, organized, complex matter.”

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