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Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Catalysis, Mechanisms and New Methodologies for Interdisciplinary Problems in Inorganic Chemistry


March 4-5, 2017


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Christopher Caputo & Emily J. Thompson

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms 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 inaugural Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms GRS will highlight research into exciting catalysis, mechanisms and new methodologies that provide insight into interdisciplinary problems in inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and bioinorganic chemistry. This conference will provide opportunities for early career scientists to build their professional networks, and there will be career discussions with a diverse panel of established scientists from academia, industry, and national research laboratories.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). 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: Mechanisms of First Row Transition Metals - Inspiration from Biology
Discussion Leader: Crisita Carmen Atienza (ExxonMobil Chemical Company, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmTheodore Betley (Harvard University, USA)
"Radical Frontiers in Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMechanisms of Transition Metal Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis
Discussion Leader: Alison Fout (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmGwendolyn Bailey (University of Ottawa, Canada)
"Metallacyclobutane Deprotonation: A General Catalyst Decomposition Pathway in Metathesis of Electron-Deficient Olefins by PCy3-Stabilized Catalysts"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmCaleb Harris (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Photoinduced Direct C-H Trifluoromethylation of (Hetero)Arenes by a Redox-Active Ligated Co(III) Complex"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmMalkanthi Karunananda (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
"Mechanistic Insights into E-Selective Semi-Hydrogenation of Alkynes by Heterobimetallic Catalysis"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmSean McWilliams (Yale University, USA)
"Nitrogen Functionalization by Low-Coordinate Iron Complexes"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMechanisms in Main Group and Materials Chemistry
Discussion Leader: Daniel Suess (University of California, Davis, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amRaul Hernandez Sanchez (Columbia University, USA)
"Deconvoluting the Relative Oxidation States in Hexanuclear Cobalt Clusters"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMegan Jackson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Molecular Control of Interfacial Inner-Sphere Electron Transfer at Graphite Conjugated Catalysts"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amTimothy Johnstone (University of Toronto, Canada)
"The Chemistry of Proazaphosphatranes and Boranes: From Frustrated Lewis Pairs to Dissociated Acids and Bases"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amRui Filipe Serra Maia (Virginia Tech, USA)
"Effect of pH, Temperature and Solution Chemistry in the Mechanism of Catalytic Decomposition of H2O2 by Pt-Black and Pt-Nanopowder"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
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 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: Christopher Caputo (Harvard University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Scientific Career Paths for Inorganic Chemists"
  • Crisita Carmen Atienza (ExxonMobil Chemical Company, USA)
  • Alison Fout (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Tayseer Mahdi (Intel Corporation, USA)
  • Daniel Suess (University of California, Davis, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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