Last month Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs visited the University of Minnesota for a two-day series of lectures and student interviews. The event was part of the Honeywell-Nobel Initiative Lecture Series which is designed to link one generation of leading scientists with the development of the next, by establishing a forum for students to learn from contemporary Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and Physics. The Honeywell-Nobel Initiative is an educational partnership between the Honeywell corporation and Nobel Web & Media AB.
As you can imagine, much of what Professor Grubbs shared centered around the topic of olefin metathesis. The Nobel Initiative website has a video of his main lecture titled “Applications of Olefin Metathesis Catalysts: Fundamental Research to Commercial Products”.
What a fantastic opportunity for the scientists of tomorrow to learn about olefin metathesis from one of the primary developers of the chemistry!