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Quelques commentaires sur la catalyse : la recherche fondamentale précède les applications. Some comments about catalysis: Fundamental research precedes applications

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Fürstner,  Alois
Research Department Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Fürstner, A. (2014). Quelques commentaires sur la catalyse : la recherche fondamentale précède les applications. Some comments about catalysis: Fundamental research precedes applications. Comptes Rendus Chimie, 17(11), 1065-1070. doi:10.1016/j.crci.2014.06.003.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0024-A824-E
Abstract
This article is the transcript of the acceptance speech given by the author at the French Academy of Sciences upon his receipt of the French-German Science prize named after Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac and Alexander von Humboldt. After a very brief summary of his own achievements in the areas of organometallic catalysis and natural product synthesis, he went on to advocate for a more liberal and less top-down science policy that allows for more curiosity-driven research. The fact that it is exceedingly difficult for anyone – be they scientists or politicians – to predict what might eventually become really important is illlustrated by a few historical examples, where seemingly exotic results ultimately turned out to be real scientific beakthroughs and economic success stories at the same time.