Flyer: Prof. Ted Betley Flyer
Title: Trapping radical intermediates, walking the fine line between stabilization and provocation
Abstract: Our group is interested in how electronic structure makeup directly links to reactivity in inorganic complexes. We explore new means for stabilizing radicaloid ligands to drive new reaction processes. We examine how weak field platforms enable radical generation and explore their utility to drive bond activation and functionalization processes. I will describe our efforts in functional group transfer catalysis in organometallic chemistry and how we understand the electronic structure of the reactive intermediates can dictate selectivity during reactions. Radical stabilization strategies employed include steric isolation and Lewis acid stabilization of the reactive fragments. Lastly, we will describe how covalent bonding can be taken to its limits, stretching our understanding of canonical multiple bonding configurations.