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James A. Ibers Summer Lectures in Inorganic Chemistry

The first Ph.D. thesis in Chemistry at Northwestern University was granted in 1896 for an inorganic topic, The Hydrolysis of Ferric Chloride. However, inorganic chemistry developed very slowly in the U.S. prior to the Second World War. In 1946, the Department hired Fred Basolo and he soon teamed up with a contemporary, Ralph Pearson, who initially was a physical organic chemist. Fred and Ralph published 53 joint papers as well as the highly influential book, Kinetics and Mechanisms of Inorganic Reactions. This was a renaissance period for Inorganic Chemistry and the discipline developed rapidly throughout the country.

In 2017, Northwestern’s Summer Inorganic Chemistry Series was renamed “The James A. Ibers Summer Lectures” to honor Ibers’ tremendous influence in the building of the Chemistry Department and the Inorganic Division over the past five decades.

The inorganic faculty has grown over the years at Northwestern with other luminary scientists. The faculty have established vigorous research programs ranging from coordination to solid-state chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry. Major contributions to inorganic chemistry have been made by other faculty members who teach and do research in physical and organic chemistry.

The Chemistry Department is internationally recognized as a world leader in Inorganic Chemistry and this year was listed as the fourth Best Chemistry Program in the World by the “2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities in Chemistry.”

Past Ibers Lectures

2019

Daniel R. Gamelin

University of Washington

2018

Daniel Nocera

Harvard University

2017

Francois Gabbaï

Texas A&M University 

2016

Milstein David

The Weizmann Institute of Science 

2015

Richard Kaner

University of California, Los Angeles

2014

Christopher J. Chang

University of California, Berkeley

2013

Jeffrey R. Long

University of California, Berkeley 

2012

James M. Mayer

University of Washington 

2011

Harry B. Gray

California Institute of Technology 

2010

Peidong Yang

University of California, Berkeley

2009

Thomas J. Meyer 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2008

Joan S. Valentine

University of California, Los Angeles

2007

Don T. Tilley

University of California, Berkeley

2006

Matthew J. Rosseinsky

The University of Liverpool, UK

2005

Anthony K. Cheetham

University of California, Santa Barbara

2004

James E. Penner-Hahn

University of Michigan

2003

Galen Stucky

University of California, Santa Barbara

2002

Clifford P. Kubiak

University of California, San Diego

2001

James M. Mayer

University of Washington 

2000

John T. Groves

Princeton University 

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