Netherlands Award for Supramolecular Chemistry for Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn


The first Netherlands Award for Supramolecular Chemistry could only be given to one person: Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, by many regarded as the founding father of Supramolecular Chemistry. This prize is in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the field. From 25 to 30 September 2015 Jean-Marie Lehn will be visiting several universities in the Netherlands as part of the lectureship connected to the award. The award ceremony will take place in Nijmegen on 30 September, on the day of his 76th birthday.

Professor Jean-Marie Lehn
Jean-Marie Lehn was born in 1939 in Rosheim, France. In 1963 he received a PhD in chemistry from the University of Strasbourg and in 1970 he became professor of chemistry at Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg. From 1979 to 2010 he was also professor at the Collège de France in Paris (Chaire de Chimie des interactions moléculaires). In 2002 he founded the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) in Strasbourg, where he continues directing a group. Jean-Marie Lehn is presently Honorary Professor at the Collège de France in Paris and Professor Emeritus at the University of Strasbourg.

In 1987 Jean-Marie Lehn received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Donald Cram and Charles J. Pedersen for their development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity. Over the years, his studies on the chemical basis of “molecular recognition”, which also play a fundamental role in biological processes, led him to define a new field in chemistry which he named: Supramolecular Chemistry. It deals with the design and synthesis of complex chemical entities held together by intermolecular forces. In later years, Jean-Marie Lehn’s research interests expanded towards adaptive chemistry and complex systems.

Jean-Marie Lehn is author of more than 900 scientific publications and has received numerous international honors and awards. In addition to chemistry his other passion is music. He started playing piano and organ already at very young age.

About the Netherlands Award for Supramolecular Chemistry
During the last two decades the Netherlands have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of Supramolecular Chemistry. With this in mind the Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems has initiated the Netherlands Award for Supramolecular Chemistry with the intention to recognize and reward outstanding scientists in the Supramolecular Chemistry field, and provide researchers in The Netherlands the opportunity to meet leading scientists in this field. The award will be presented every year to an internationally renowned senior or junior scientist working in the field of Supramolecular Chemistry. The awardee will be invited to undertake a lecture tour of The Netherlands and present his/her work at several universities.

Prof. Lehn’s The Netherlands lectureship

Prof. Lehn will visit several locations during his lecture tour of The Netherlands, and he will present his work and his views on the future of chemistry during a lecture entitled: “Perspectives in Chemistry: Towards Complex Matter”

Additional information can be found at

Wednesday 30.9 • Radboud University (Nijmegen) Lecture and award ceremony in the Aula of the Radboud University. (Registration is not needed for this event)

15:30h – 16:00h Welcome with coffee/tea (Hall)
16:00h – 17:30h Award ceremony and lecture Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn (Aula lecture room)
17:30h – 18:30h Reception (Anton van Duinkerken room)

Venue information
Aula of the Radboud University
Comeniuslaan 2, 6525 HP Nijmegen
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