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Seminar Series

The Department of Chemistry hosts a seminar series during the academic year featuring presentations by individuals (students, faculty, and invited guests) discussing their research within the field of chemistry.  These presentations are free and open to the public.  

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Our Next Seminar:


Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 3:30pm. CP 350

Catalysis at Metal–Metal Bonds

Christopher Uyeda
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University

The discovery of new catalysts is central to the pursuit of more efficient and sustainable processes in organic synthesis. While mononuclear transition metal complexes have been widely utilized in reaction methodology, the scope of both stoichiometric and catalytic processes for complexes of higher nuclearity is comparatively limited. In principle, multinuclear complexes might engage in unprecedented modes of reactivity by binding substrates or engaging in redox processes that span multiple metal centers. New classes of catalysts that can capitalize on these cooperativity effects have the potential to exhibit activity or selectivity profiles that complement, or, perhaps in certain circumstances, surpass existing mononuclear systems.
Our group has been developing new platforms that support coordinatively unsaturated and reactive metal–metal bonds. In pursuit of this goal, we have developed a naphthyridine–diimine ligand that was used to prepare dinuclear complexes of mid-to-late first-row transition metals. The redox-active nature of these ligands imparts rich redox chemistry on these complexes, enabling an array of multielectron oxidation and reduction reactions. The application of these complexes to catalytic cross-coupling, reductive cyclopropanation, hydrosilylation, and alkyne cyclotrimerization reactions will be presented.

This Semester's Seminar Schedule:


Tuesday, January 13th 2015

Dr. E. Michael Perdue

Professor of Chemistry & Director of Environmental Sciences PhD Program, Ball State University

"Fast graphically-inspired algorithm for assignment of chemical formulae in ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry"


Thursday, February 5th 2015

Dr. Ayanna Jackson
Associate Scientist at Dow AgroSciences

"Mass Spectrometry: A Powerful Analytical Tool"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dr. Norman Lu
Professor, Department of Molecular Science and Engineering Institute of Organic and Polymeric Materials National Taipei University of Technology

"Application of New Fluorinated Compounds to Catalysis, Renewable Energy and Optoelectronics"

  Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dr. Christopher Uyeda
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University

"Catalysis at Metal–Metal Bonds"

Friday, March 27th 2015

Dr. Jennifer L. Stockdill
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University

"Enabling reactivity of neutral aminyl radicals in polycyclic heterocycle synthesis"

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

Dr. Michael Lewis
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Saint Louis University