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Jeffrey I. Zink Inorganic Chemistry Seminar Series – Prof. Wenliang Huang


February 14, 2024 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mani L. Bhaumik Centennial Collaboratory
607 Charles E. Young Dr., East
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States


Flyer: Prof. Wenliang Huang Flyer

Title: F-Block Metal–Arene Interaction: Dual Reactivity of Metal and Arene

Abstract: The unique metal–arene interactions motivated the advancement of chemical bond theory, and enabled a wide range of applications in synthesis and catalysis. In addition, ligand designs incorporating metal–arene interaction led to breakthroughs in stabilizing unusual oxidation states, and empowering small molecule activation and catalysis. Our group focuses on utilizing f-block metal-arene interactions in synthesis and catalysis. We have synthesized a series of inverse-sandwich f-block metal arene complexes and explored their reactivity. In addition, we have incorporated metal-arene interaction in ligand design and developed tripodal tris(amino)arene ligands capable of supporting multiple oxidation states of f-elements. Our results unveiled that the f-block metal-arene interaction not only enables redox chemistry at the metal site, but also leads to unprecedented functionalization of the arenes.