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Organometallic Chemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

New Avenues in Inorganic Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity


July 8-9, 2017


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI Site Information


Mark H. Reineke & Marcus W. Drover

Application Deadline

This meeting is currently oversubscribed (full). You may still submit an application. However, it will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

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.

This meeting with focus on new developments in the areas of organometallic and coordination chemistry, main group chemistry, and f-block chemistry, with a particular emphasis on new frontiers in these fields. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss results in a closed, "off-the-record" setting, with other young scientists from a variety of backgrounds. We expect to have participants from fields as diverse as small molecule reactivity, renewable energy research, polymerization chemistry, catalysis, and organometallic synthesis.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 8, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Organometallic Chemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


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: Utilization of Redox-Active Ligands in the F-Block: From Lanthanides to Uranium and Beyond
Discussion Leader: John Gordon (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:25 pmSuzanne Bart (Purdue University, USA)
"Utilization of Redox-Active Ligands in the F-Block: From Lanthanides to Uranium and Beyond"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmOrganometallic Catalysis and Mechanism
Discussion Leader: Mark Stradiotto (Dalhousie University, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmJoshua Buss (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Molybdenum-Mediated Carbon Monoxide Reduction, Deoxygenation, and Coupling"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmLillian Hale (University of Michigan, USA)
"Expanding the Reactivity of a Classic Inner-Sphere Hydrogen Transfer Catalyst: Can We Turn on Metal-Ligand Cooperativity?"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmRebecca Kim (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Characterization of Structure and Reactivity of a Dinuclear Pd(III) Catalyst for Methane Functionalization"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmTanner McDaniel (Michigan State University, USA)
"Quantifying Catalysis: Ancillary Ligand Effects and High-Valent Metals"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmLiam Sharninghausen (Yale University, USA)
"Synthesis and Characterization of High Oxidation State Iridium Mono-µ-Oxo Dimers Related to Water Oxidation Catalysis"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmKumiko Yamamoto (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Palladium Catalyzed Aromatic C-H Fluorination"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amFrontiers in Organometallic Synthesis and Structure / Mentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: Chip Nataro (Lafayette College, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amMary Garner (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Redox Non-Innocence and Catalytic Reactivity of NHC-Supported Thorium Complexes"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amAlexandra Hicken (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Reversible Coordination of Au-H Bonds to Bent Copper(I) Fragments: Characterization and Reactivity of Heterobimetallic Complexes of the Coinage Metals"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amWesley Transue (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Toward Catalytic Phosphirane Formation with a Ruthenium Porphyrinogen Platform"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 11:00 amPanel Discussion
"Careers in Chemistry: Making the Most of Your PhD"
  • Suzanne Bart (Purdue University, USA)
  • John Gordon (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Mark Stradiotto (Dalhousie University, Canada)
  • Christine Thomas (Brandeis University, USA)
  • David Laitar (Dow Chemical Company, USA)
  • Chip Nataro (Lafayette College, 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 pmSolving New Problems in Organometallic Chemistry
Discussion Leader: Christine Thomas (Brandeis University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmGemma Adams (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Rhodium Complexes of POP-Type Ligands: Towards Controlled, Metal-Catalyzed, Amine-Borane Dehydropolymerization"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmLeon Maser (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany)
"Bonding Analysis and Stability of Tautomeric Forms in Carbodiphosphorane-Based Ni-Pincer Complexes"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmDemyan Prokopchuk (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
"Square Planar Fe(0), Fe(I), and Fe(II) Complexes – N2 Binding Thermodynamics and Their Implications in Catalytic N2 Silylation"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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