Prof Hoffmann, Prof Niemantsverdriet, and Syngaschem’s Advisor Prof Haijun Jiao (left) inspecting brandnew UHV equipment
After the half hour visit, Prof Hoffmann presented an impressive lecture in the multi media hall at Synfuels, attended by a primarily young audience of more than 100. He discussed his favorite subject recently: the behavior of matter under extreme pressures, where solids become metallic, and even loose electrons to create pairs of cations and anions, which fill up the space more economically. The 1.5 hour talk was brilliantly presented, with many anecdotes, and good advice to young scientists. After the lecture the entire SynCat staff joined Prof Hoffmann and the host Prof Yong Wang Li, for a Mongolian-style buffet in the Synfuels China Club.
Visit, Lecture and Dinner together formed an event that will long be remembered by many, and probably by Prof Hoffmann as well.