About the Author
Herbert W. Roesky is an Emeritus Professor for Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry with a broad experience in materials chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, fluorine, aluminum, and silicon chemistry as well as chemical education. In the tradition of great European chemical lecture demonstrations, he has given experimental lectures all over the world. His leadership in the above mentioned fluorine field is demonstrated with the international Henri Moissan Fluorine Award of France and the Fluorine Award of the American Chemical Society. For his scientific work of compounds with low valent aluminum, homogeneous catalysis, and new materials, he received from Germany the Alfred Stock Memorial Award and the Leibniz Award, from the Royal Society of Chemistry the Centenary Medal, from France the Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie and the Wittig-Grignard Lectureship, and from the American Chemical Society the Inorganic Award. The Indian Chemical Society of Research awarded him with the Rao Lectureship. These awards and recognitions in a number of countries demonstrate his independent scientific leadership of outstanding quality in research. After his retirement, he on started the chemistry of low valent silicon. The results have found international recognition due to their unique and unforeseen properties. The number of topics show his broad vision of modern and important developments especially in multidisciplinary research.