One of the most important scientists working in the field of Silicon Chemistry, Professor Robert C. West working in UW-Madison University celebrates an important anniversary in 2018. We invite you to a meeting in Prague to celebrate this jubilee with him and his friends dealing with Silicon Chemistry as well. We meet at the Prague Center of World Chemical Sciences - at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of CAS, where these important Silicon scientists meet and together will learn about their advances in this interesting field. Scientific lectures on the Silicon Chemistry will take place at the IOCB where lunches and small morning and afternoon snacks will be prepared for you so that you can try the Czech cuisine. The history of Prague will be introduced to you one afternoon and you will visit some of its interesting tourist sites. Prague is one of the most visited tourist towns. We believe, you will have fun here and enjoy all the lectures and other enjoyments.

Prof. Josef MICHL and Jiří KALETA, organizers

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague)
Flemingovo nám. 2
166 10 Prague 6
Czech Republic

Accommodation: Villa Lanna

List of participants (alphabetical):

Special guest: Prof. Robert C. WEST (UW-Madison Univ., USA)

  • Prof. Yitzhak APELOIG (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Dr. Barry ARKLES (Gelest Inc., Morrisville, USA)
  • Prof. Kim BAINES (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
  • Prof. Matthias DRIESS (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Prof. Jorge Armando Cervantes JÁUREGUI (University of Guanajuato, Mexico)
  • Dr. Miriam KARNI (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Prof. Josef MICHL (IOCB, Czech Republic and University of Boulder, USA)
  • Prof. Akira SEKIGUCHI (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Japan)
  • Prof. Hubert SCHMIDBAUR (Technische Universität München, Germany)
  • Prof. Reinhold TACKE (University of Würzburg, Germany)
  • Prof. Kohei TAMAO (Toyota Riken, Japan)
  • Dr. Richard WEIDNER (Wacker Chemie AG, Germany)


Thursday, September 6 - Chairman: Jiří Kaleta
09:00 - 9:15   Conference Opening
09:15 - 10:15   Reinhold TACKE
Reactivity of Bis(amidinato)- and Bis(guanidinato)silylenes of the Formula Type[i-PrNC(R)Ni-Pr]2Si (R = Ph, Ni-Pr2)
10:15 - 11:15   Richard WEIDNER
Low-Valent Silicon Chemistry from an Industrial Perspective
11:15 - 11:30   Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30   Matthias DRIESS
How and Why Silicon-Based Ligands Can Boost Catalytic Transformations
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:30   Josef MICHL
Conformational Dependence of Electron Delocalization in Polysilanes
14:30 - 15:30   Akira SEKIGUCHI
From Silenes and Disilenes to Disilynes and Material Science: Silicon Chemistry from 1973 to Present
Friday, September 7 - Chairman: Josef MICHL
09:00 - 10:00   Robert WEST
Organosilicon Compounds and the Future ofLithium Ion Batteries - A Modest Addition to the Periodic Table
10:00 - 10:30   Hubert SCHMIDBAUR
Memories of Silicon Chemistry and Silicon Chemists
10:30 – 11:00   Jorge CERVANTES
Bob West and the Guanajuato University in Guanajuato, México (Talk will be presented by Josef MICHL)
11:00 - 11:15   Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15   Kohei TAMAO
My Organosilicon Chemistry Greatly Influenced by Bob's Pioneering Research
12:15 - 13:30   Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:30   Kim BAINES
West Disilene: Inspiration for Generation
14:30 - 15:30   Miriam KARNI
Multiply-Bonded Silicon Compounds. Scaling Computationally the π-Acceptor Ability of Carbenes on Route to Novel Silenes (R2Si=CR´2)
15:30 - 15:45   Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:45   Yitzhak APELOIG
Bob West, Me and Silicon Chemistry - the 40 years Friendly Bond
16:45 - 17:00   Closing Remarks

Programme - downloadable pdf file