Johannes Brønsted (1879-1947) was professor in physical chemistry at University of Copenhagen from 1908 to 1947. Brønsted worked within chemical affinity, reaction rates, isotopes, electrolytic solutions and acid-base theory. He is recognized worldwide for his acid-base concept (identical to the acid-base concept of Lowry). During the period 1908-1930 he was, in addition, employed as a manager of the neighbouring Physico-Chemical Laboratory of the Polytechnic Institute of Copenhagen.
Department of Chemistry at the Technical University of Denmark & Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen have arranged a small symposium to honor the 100 year anniversary of Brønsted’s important work on acids and bases. The history of Brønsted’s research in general and the acid-base concept in particular will be presented. In addition, the two departments will present examples of novel research that builds on Brønsted’s discovery.
18:00-18:10 Welcome (Pernille Harris and Erling Stenby)
18:10-18:30 Brønsted and physical chemistry in Denmark (Helge Kragh)
18:30-18:50 Acids, bases, and acid/base catalysis: The Brønsted relation - From J.N. Brønsted og T.M. Lowry < 1923 and onwards (Jens Ulstrup)
18:50-19:15 Break - sandwiches are served
19:15-19:35 Predicting acid/base strengths (Jan Halborg Jensen)
19:35-19:55 Zeolites – the solid acids that changed our life forever (Søren Kegnæs)
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