Jul 11, 2018
Ken Houk with attendees
The Houk group hosted the CCHF Virtual Symposium 10 sponsored by the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CHF) on July 10, 2018.
 
The CCHF is an NSF-funded Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) to which the Prof. Ken Houk’s group belongs. 
 
Projected to students and postdocs via U-tube, the symposium featured the following talks: “Late Stage C–H Functionalization via Enzymatic Halogenation” by Professor Jared Lewis (Indiana University Bloomington), “C–H Functionalization at AbbVie: Opportunities, Challenges, and Collaborations” by Dr. Eric Voight (AbbVie), “Boron-based Materials as Selective Catalysts for the Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Alkanes” by Professor Ive Hermans (University of Wisconsin Madison), “Electrochemical C–H Activation by Sustainable Metal Catalysis” by Professor Lutz Ackerman (Georg-August-University Göttingen). 
 
The 28 faculty and students who attended the symposium in a conference room in the UCLA Molecular Sciences Building received free donuts. 
 
Selfies of Prof. Ken Houk and attendees at the virtual symposium.
 
The CCHF is hosting a Virtual Symposia Series scheduled three times a year, each featuring frontier research in the C–H functionalization field to the worldwide academic and industry community. Each symposium features four speakers from the CCHF and from the broader C–H functionalization community, with each speaker presenting for 20 minutes, so these are concise and information-packed talks. The CCHF Virtual Symposia are accessible to all who are interested via YouTube broadcast or VidYo portal. Questions are asked via an online chatbox managed by the meeting moderators.
 
The CCHF Virtual Symposium 11 will take place on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 4 p.m. EST and will feature a talk by UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty member Professor Hosea Nelson.
 
The Houk group also hosted the CCHF Virtual Symposium 03 in January 2016, the CCHF Virtual Symposium 04 in June 2016, and the CCHF Virtual Symposium 07 in July 2017.
 
To learn more about the Houk group's research, visit their website.