Activation of Strong Bonds with Low-Valent Group 5 Complexes

Seminar series
Inorganic Chemistry
Wed, Apr 23 4:30pm
Cram Conference Room, 3440 Mol Sci
Speaker Professor John Arnold
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Chemistry

The development of efficient, environmentally friendly catalysts is a major challenge in the field of chemical research. In particular, a major emphasis is now being placed on the search for sustainable and inexpensive metal catalysts. This presentation will focus on new results in our search for non-precious metal-based catalysts for activation of small molecules and organic substrates and will include discussion of: i) the identification and elucidation of unusual mechanisms of dihydrogen activation; ii) the application of the intrinsic properties of early transition metals, in particular high-valent complexes, to the selective hydrogenation of alkynes to Z alkenes; and iii) catalytic hydrodefluorination via activation of sp2 and sp3 C—F bonds.