Lecture Given by Jean-Marie LEHN, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Release date:2016-11-14  Release:

10AM, Oct. 31, 2016: Approach the Master - Nobel Speech Series were officially launched to celebrate CPU's 80th anniversary. Jean-Marie Lehn, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987 and academician of French Academy of Sciences, visited CPU and gave lecture on From matter to life: Chemistry? Chemistry! Jiangning campus auditorium was crowded with more than one thousand faculty and students. The report was chaired by Lingyi KONG, CPU Vice President and inaugurated by Hui XU, CPU CPC Party Secretary. 


In the 90-minute lecture, Professor Lehn showed the audience the endless charm of supramolecular chemistry. He said that physics is the law of everything in the universe, biology is the law of life, and chemistry is a bridge between the two, pushing it into a more complex world.


Professor Lehn briefly reviewed the history of chemistry. He listed one of the greatest discoveries in the history of science - the periodic table of the elements - through which the human race can explore the mysteries of the universe. Professor Lehn also mentioned the first synthesis of urea, which marks a bridge between the organic matter and inorganic substances, and is an important milestone in the development of molecular chemistry.


Professor Lehn also introduced the realization, role and applications of molecular recognition methods. Molecular recognition requires the interaction of molecular bonding and information recognition, making it possible to store human immunological and biological information. Its applications include pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, gene engineering and biological materials manufacturing.


Finally, Professor Lehn cited the ancient Chinese writer HAN Yu's famous saying, An observer sitting in the well says the sky is small. The sky isn't small, but the observer is. He also cited Prometheus and other examples to encourage students to maintain the desire and awe for knowledge, We must know, We will know. The essence of chemistry is not only to find, but to create. The book of chemistry is not for reading, but for creation. His vivid examples and body language, humorous language and approachable manner invited enthusiastic applause from the audience.


In the subsequent Q&A section, Professor Lehn addressed concerns of the students. 


CPU CPC Party Secretary Hui XU awarded Jean-Marie Lehn with Letter of Appointment for Honorary Professor and conferred him a CPU badge. Prof. Lehn also left his handprint on CPU's Collection of Fame.  



About Jean-Marie LEHN:

Jean-Marie Lehn was born in Rosheim, France in 1939.  In 1970 he became Professor of Chemistry at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg and from 1979 to 2010 he was Professor at the Collège de France in Paris. He is presently Professor at the University  of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS). He 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 his work led him to the definition of a new field of chemistry, which he has proposed calling “supramolecular chemistry” as it deals with the complex entities formed by the association of two or more chemical species held together by non-covalent intermolecular forces, whereas molecular chemistry concerns the entities constructed from atoms linked by covalent bonds. Subsequently, the area developed into the chemistry of self-organization processes and more recently towards adaptive chemistry, dynamic networks and complex systems. Author of more than 950 scientific publications, Lehn is a member of many academies and institutions. He has received numerous international honours and awards.



Jean-Marie Lehn Giving Lecture

  Prof. Hui XU inaugulated the event

  Hosted by Prof. Lingyi KONG, CPU Vice President

   Confering Letter of Appointment and Wearing the Badge

  Prof. Lehn answering questions from local media

 Students Crowded the Auditorium