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Mourning for Internationally Recognized Professor of Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Klaus Banert, who held the Professorship of Organic Chemistry since 1993, died on 19 September 2020

Prof. Dr. Klaus Banert, who had headed the Professorship of Organic Chemistry at Chemnitz University of Technology since 1993, passed away on 19 September 2020. "We were deeply moved by the news of the sudden death of our colleague. Professor Banert was an internationally recognized researcher and valued university lecturer at Chemnitz University of Technology. With his extraordinary commitment and outstanding professional competence, he shaped the development and orientation of his department in Chemnitz with his work. We would like to thank our esteemed colleague many times for his many years of work for the benefit of Chemnitz University of Technology and we will always honour his memory. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family," says Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, President of Chemnitz University of Technology.

"Interdisciplinary cooperation in research and teaching was particularly important to Professor Banert. In an unforgettable way, he inspired his students and employees with this. As a networker, he made contacts worldwide," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Seyller, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Chemnitz University of Technology. The work of his research group on the development of the synthesis of azidoacetylene, among other organic compounds, attracted great international attention. In recognition of his scientific achievements, he has been awarded the title of Honorary Professor at Amity University Noida in India.

Professor Banert was co-founder of the Institute of Chemistry in 1994. "Since then, he has mastered the great challenge of representing organic chemistry at Chemnitz University of Technology in a leading position in research and teaching in its full breadth with flying colors. For the creativity of his scientific work on unusual nitrogen compounds, he has been highly respected by colleagues and the scientific community. Also his extremely high level of commitment to teaching was known beyond the borders of Chemnitz University of Technology and was highly appreciated and admired by all sides - but especially by students," says Prof. Dr. Michael Sommer, Managing Director of the Institute of Chemistry.

(Author: Mario Steinebach / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

Mario Steinebach
21.09.2020

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