Counterintuitive Chemistry: Carbene-Stabilization of Highly Reactive Molecules

Seminar series
Inorganic Chemistry
Wed, Jan 30 4:30pm
Cram Conference Room, 3440 Mol Sci
Speaker Professor Gregory H. Robinson
The University of Georgia
Department of Chemistry

The interest of this laboratory in the synthesis and structure of unusual molecules has resulted in the experimental realization of metalloaromaticity (the concept that metallic rings may also display traditional aromatic behavior) and novel compounds containing multiple bonding between main group elements. Recent efforts concerning the utilization of N-heterocyclic carbene ligands (L:) with highly reactive main group compounds has afforded carbene-stabilized examples of diborene (H-B=B-H), disilicon (Si2), diphosphorus (P2), diarsenic (As2), and a gallium cluster. This presentation will highlight both the critical role of the N-heterocyclic carbenes and interesting aspects concerning the synthesis, structure, and reactivity of these compounds.

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