University of Delaware

"The University of Delaware is exceptionally proud of Prof. Richard F. Heck and his ground-breaking research in the field of chemistry, which has resulted in the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry."

— Patrick Harker,
     University of Delaware President

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Who should attend?

Scientists and engineers; graduate and undergraduate students; and media who cover science and technology.

Who will present?

Leading experts at the frontiers of catalysis. Prof. Heck's fellow Nobel Laureate, Ei-ichi Negishi, will be among our distinguished speakers.

Where will the event be held?

Clayton Hall, on UD's main campus in Newark, Del. Ample parking is available, and the Marriott Courtyard-University Hotel is conveniently located next door.

What is the registration deadline?

Registration is now closed -- we have reached our capacity. We look forward to seeing all registrants at the May 26th event!


Contact the symposium organizers here.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

This symposium honoring Nobel Laureate Richard Heck is sponsored primarily by the University of Delaware, with support from the Dow Chemical Company and from Ashland Inc.

1989 photo of Richard F. Heck, Willis F. Harrington Professor Emeritus and Nobel Prize winner.


AshlandIn more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, personal care, pharmaceutical, tissue and towel, and water treatment. Visit to see the innovations we offer through our five commercial units — Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients, Ashland Hercules Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Consumer Markets (Valvoline) and Ashland Distribution.


AshlandWith a rich history of science innovation and a strong commitment to the Delaware Valley, The Dow Chemical Company is proud to sponsor Frontiers in Catalysis. Dow is committed to supporting innovative educational experiences that generate understanding and enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. As a global partner of the United Nations-declared International Year of Chemistry (IYC), Dow has made a commitment to leverage its science and technology expertise, sustainability focus and network to actively participate in a series of global and regional events that have ties to IYC throughout 2011. Dow is embracing IYC’s unifying theme of “Chemistry – Our Life, Our Future” by celebrating the power of chemistry – both material and human chemistry – to create and innovate solutions that address essential human needs and solve the world’s biggest challenges. More information can be found at


The University of Delaware is proud to host this symposium for Nobel Laureate Richard Heck, our Willis F. Harrington Professor Emeritus of Chemistry. UD has a great tradition of excellence, from our founding in 1743 as a small private academy whose first class included signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced UD of today, with more than 21,000 students and 140,000 living Blue Hens. We offer over 250 graduate and undergraduate degree programs across seven colleges and have over 60 research centers and institutes. In addition to our 2010 Nobel Laureate, our distinguished faculty includes internationally known authors, scientists, and artists, including Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellows, and members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Our Georgian-inspired main campus in Newark, Del., dramatically expanded with the recent acquisition of the former Chrysler assembly plant for a future science and technology campus. UD also has locations around the state and thriving study-abroad programs in more than 40 countries.




DOW Ashland
Additional Support Provided by DuPont, ACS Catalysis, and Center for Catalytic Science & Technology, Delaware Biotechnology Institute