Student Hosted Colloquium in Inorganic Chemistry: Radical frontiers in catalysis

Seminar | October 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Ted Betley, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

Within metal-catalyzed reactions, the development of electronic structure to function relationships is critical for understanding the factors that promote desirable reactivity. Electronic structure considerations dictate the stability and/or reactivity of both mononuclear and polynuclear complexes. At an extreme, maximally high-spin complexes represent attractive target complexes, allowing for one to build in instability to the coordination complex, thus achieving maximal reactivity. Towards this end we have developed weak-field ligand platforms to enable (1) base-metal reagents to catalyze C-H bond functionalization, and (2) unveil small-molecule activation at polynuclear reaction sites.

 Light refreshments will be served at 3:50 at The Coffee Lab, 510-643-0572