Nobel Prize winner to speak at U of M March 2 about commercial applications of his breakthrough research

Public lecture is part of two-day Honeywell-Nobel Initiative event

Media Note: Media may also attend a special invitation-only presentation by Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs to students entitled “The Road to Nobel” where he will discuss his life story and his path to success. This presentation is 3:15-4:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 Smith Hall, Room 119, 207 Pleasant St. S.E., Minneapolis.

Who:  2005 Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Robert Grubbs
What: Nobel Public Lecture "Fundamental Research to Commercial Products"
When: 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 2
Where: Smith Hall, Room 100, 207 Pleasant St. S.E., University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus

Contacts: Ryan Mathre, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552
Rhonda Zurn, Institute of Technology,, (612) 626-7959
Jessica Francisco, Weber Shandwick,, (201) 248-4932

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/24/2010) —2005 Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Robert Grubbs will present a public lecture on the commercial applications of his breakthrough research that has enabled a variety of applications ranging from the production of tough polymers to development of highly functionalized pharmaceuticals. His lecture, which is part of a two-day Honeywell-Nobel Initiative event, will specifically highlight the unique and powerful olefin metathesis reaction.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture will also be webcast live online at By signing up, viewers can also take part in the post-lecture Q&A session with Grubbs.

The University of Minnesota is hosting this lecture as one of only a select few universities worldwide involved in the Honeywell-Nobel Initiative. The University of Minnesota is the first university to host two Nobel Laureates through this initiative.

Designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists, the Honeywell-Nobel Initiative establishes a forum for students worldwide to learn directly from Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and Physics through a combination of live on-campus events, interactive content and broadcast programs. This innovative partnership seeks to teach students the complex science behind Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry while encouraging their highest aspirations in ways that are motivating and engaging. For more information, visit