Special Issue "A Themed Issue Dedicated to First Nobel Chemist Professor Jacobus H. van 't Hoff"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1202
This Special Issue of Symmetry is dedicated to Professor Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff (born August 30, 1852, Rotterdam, The Netherlands), who won the First Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1901.
In 1869 he entered the Polytechnic School at Delft and obtained his technology diploma in 1871. He returned to Holland in 1874 and obtained his doctorate degree that same year under E. Mulder in Utrecht. In 1876 he became a lecturer at the Veterinary College at Utrecht, but left this post for a similar position at the University of Amsterdam the following year. In 1878 came his appointment as Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology at the same university.
Dr van 't Hoff has acquired fame particularly as a result of his epoch-making publications. His doctorate thesis (1874) was entitled Bijdrage tot de Kennis van Cyaanazijnzuren en Malonzuur (Contribution to the Knowledge of Cyanoacetic Acids and Malonic Acid). Of far greater weight, however, was his publication which appeared several months before: Voorstel tot Uitbreiding der Tegenwoordige in de Scheikunde gebruikte Structuurformules in de Ruimte, etc. (Proposal for the Development of 3-Dimensional Chemical Structural Formulae). This small pamphlet, consisting of twelve pages of text and one page of diagrams, gave the impetus for the development of stereochemistry. The concept of the “asymmetrical carbon atom”, dealt with in this publication, supplied an explanation for the occurrence of numerous isomers, inexplicable by means of the then-current structural formulae. At the same time, he pointed out the existence of a relationship between optical activity and the presence of an asymmetrical carbon atom.
We plan to organize a Special Issue honoring Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff’s distinguished scientific career. This Special Issue will consist of communications, original research articles, and review articles related to theoretical chemistry, physical chemistry and stereochemistry, as well as anecdotes on Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff.
Prof. Dr. Cheng Zhan
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