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December 6, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Rationally Designed Coordination Complexes as Catalysts and Reagents for Small Molecule Transformations

Base metals or the abundant and inexpensive transition metals such as cobalt, copper, and nickel are prime candidates for use in catalysts that can transform hydrocarbons and other small molecules into value-added products. The relative abundance of these metals means that their mining and extraction is typically greener than that of conventional choices of precious metals such as palladium, rhodium, and iridium. The challenges to using these metals comes from being able to control and direct their reactivity. This talk will focus on Dr. Piro’s work with Albright students on the design and synthesis of organic ligands to hold base metal ions in a defined geometry, to direct their reactivity toward classically unreactive substrates while avoiding unwanted side-reactions, and to understand the pathways by which these reactions occur to allow for better design opportunities in the future.


December 6
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Science Hall, Room 256
13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States


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