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Chemistry Program Presents

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Catalytic Reactions in Complex Molecular Environments
RKC 115
5:00 pm
Scott J. Miller
Irenee du Pont Professor of Chemistry
Yale University
Performing site-selective reactions upon molecules with many functional groups presents unique challenges for catalysis.  Functional group tolerance is a persistent challenge, but so too is functional group selectivity when addressing multiple occurrences of functionalities that can react, individually, in a controlled manner with the catalyst.  In this sense, site-selectivity – within a substrate – becomes a major issue.  This lecture will describe recent developments in our efforts to develop low-molecular weight catalysts for reactions that present these challenges.  Over time, our view of complexity has ebbed and flowed, with foci on enantioselectivity, site-selectivity and chemoselectivity.  Most recently, we have been studying enantioselectivity as a prelude to extrapolation of principles to more complex stereochemical settings where multiple issues are presented in a singular substrate.


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Time: 5:00 pm

Location: RKC 115