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Organometallic Chemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Frontiers and Challenges in Organometallic Synthesis and Catalysis


July 9-10, 2016


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI


Alex E. Carpenter & Ekaterina V. Vinogradova

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Organometallic Chemistry is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The 2016 meeting is intended to provide enthusiastic early career scientists with a diverse platform to discuss current challenges in organometallic synthesis and catalysis. The meeting program will feature topics ranging from small-molecule activation and organometallic catalysis, to developments in coordination and main group chemistries. In particular, presentations will discuss recent advancements in stereoselective catalysis, polyolefin synthesis and renewable energy applications. The conference will place a strong emphasis on mentorship and career development by providing a panel discussion and opportunities for one-on-one conversations with leaders from academia, national laboratories and industry.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Organometallic Chemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Structure-Reactivity Relationships in Lithium Enolates: Working at the Academic-Industrial Interface
Discussion Leader: Clark Landis (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:25 pmDavid Collum (Cornell University, USA)
"Structure-Reactivity Relationships in Lithium Enolates: Working at the Academic-Industrial Interface"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFrontiers in Organometallic Synthesis
This session will focus on the design of novel ligands and organometallic complexes. Coordination complexes possessing unusual dn/valence combinations as well as new modes of reactivities will be described.
Discussion Leaders: Emilio Bunel (Argonne National Laboratory, USA) and Alexander Spokoyny (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmCharles Mokhtarzadeh (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"The Extremes of π-Backdonation: The Isolation of Reactivity of an m-Terphenyl Isocyanide Stabilized Co-Carbyne"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmNicole Camasso (University of Michigan, USA)
"Synthesis and Reactivity of High-Valent Organometallic Ni Complexes"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmJonathan Axtell (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"B12(OR)12 Reagents as Tunable One-Electron Oxidants"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmDiana Iovan (Harvard University, USA)
"Characterization of Iron-Imido Species Relevant to N-Group Transfer Chemistry"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmRobert Comito (Dinca Research Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Selective Heterogeneous Catalysts for Hydrocarbon Chemistry by Cation Exchange in Metal Organic Frameworks"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmCarolin Braun (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
"[2.2]Paracyclophane Containing N,O-Chelating Ligands and Their Titanium and Tantalum Complexes for Hydroamination and Hydroaminoalkylation"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amOrganometallic Catalysis / Mentorship Component: Career Panel
This session will focus on recent developments in organometallic catalysis for synthesis. In addition, this session will include a mentorship component in the form of a career panel representing scientists from academic, industrial and government research organizations.
Discussion Leader: Bernadette Donovan-Merkert (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amDominic Pye (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
"Base-Metal, Heterobimetallic Catalysis for the Carbonylative Formation of Ketones"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amAnna Dunn (University of Michigan, USA)
"Flow Electrochemical C-H Activations"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amMark Levin (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"A Supramolecular Strategy for Transition Metal Catalysis"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 11:00 amPanel Discussion
"Scientific Career Paths in Academia, Industry and Government"
  • Emilio Bunel (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Crisita Carmen-Atienza (ExxonMobil Chemical, USA)
  • David Collum (Cornell University, USA)
  • Bernadette Donovan-Merkert (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
  • Clark Landis (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Alexander Spokoyny (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Christine Thomas (Brandeis University, USA)
  • Sarah Trice (Sigma Aldrich Millipore Sigma, USA)
  • Benjamin Warner (Icagen, Inc., USA)
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmEnergy, Sustainability and Small Molecule Activation
This session will focus on efforts to develop organometallic catalysts for applications related to solar fuels and small-molecule activation. Development of new sustainable organometallic catalytic processes will also be discussed.
Discussion Leader: Christine Thomas (Brandeis University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmNicholas Isley (The Scripps Research Institute, USA)
"Advances in Organometallic Chemistry via Micellar Catalysis Using Benign 'Designer' Surfactants"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmCatherine Pitman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"The Aqueous Reactivity of Half-Sandwich Metal Hydride Complexes in the Ground and Excited States"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmAllan Jay Cardenas (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
"Optimizing Proton Delivery by Controlling Ligand Dynamics in Nickel H2 Production Electrocatalyst"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
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3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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