Monday, December 3, 2018
4:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall) – Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics

Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Radical Frontiers in Catalysis
Theodore (Ted) Betley, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Abstract: 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 base-metal reagents to catalyze C-H bond functionalization.

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