Houk Group hosts CCHF Virtual Symposium 04

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The Houk group hosted the CCHF Virtual Symposium 04 sponsored by the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CHF) on June 7, 2016.

The CCHF is an NSF-funded Center 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: “Engineering Selectivity in Biocatalytic C–H Functionalization” by Prof. David H. Sherman (University of Michigan), “Adventures in Aldehyde C–H Bond Activation” by Prof. Vy M. Dong (UC Irvine), “Catalyst-Controlled Functionalization of Unactivated C–H Bonds” by Prof. Huw M. L. Davies (Emory University) and “Development of Direct C–H Amination Reactions” by Prof. Sukbok Chang (KAIST, South Korea).  Free donuts were also provided to all in attendance.


Screen shots of Prof. Ken Houk (with donut at right) 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 second CCHF Virtual Symposium 02 had an estimated 1,300 viewers worldwide, which provided for an exciting and engaging atmosphere. The third CCHF Virtual Symposium 03 took place in January of this year and was also a huge success.

To learn more about the Houk group’s research, visit their website.