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Organic Seminars 2018

Friday, April 13, 3:30 - 4:30pm, WEL 2.122 nate lynd

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Nate Lynd

Assistant Professor

McKetta Dept. of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin

Lynd Polymer Group

We carry out fundamental and applied research in polymer science guided by the principles of simplicity, sustainability, and relevance to key technological challenges in chemical engineering for the 21st century in energy, environment, security, and materials for healthcare. Synthesis is the primary tool that we use to answer fundamental questions, and bring to bear in applied research projects. However, modeling efforts may be used to facilitate materials design, and to provide context for the interpretation of data. Particularly, we are engaged in research efforts that create and utilize new functional and reactive polyether materials and block polymers. Newer work is built on a foundation of novel techniques for advanced copolymer structure determination and detailed mechanistic understanding which facilitate the compositional control of structure-property-processing relationships.

Publications (Google Scholar)

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h-index:  24   Total Publications:  59   Total Citations:  1734  (Web of Science, Feb. 2018)

h-index:  24  Total Publications:  61  Total Citations: 1764  (Scopus, Feb. 2018)

h-index:  26  Total Citations:  2126 (Google Scholar, Feb. 2018)

Friday, March 16, 3:30 - 4:30pm, WEL 2.122  doron pappo

Mechanistically Driven Catalyst Design for Oxidative Coupling Reactions

Doron Pappo

Associate Professor

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Research Group Web Page

Dr. Pappo's research interests are focused on organic synthesis, with particular emphasis on mechanistically driven catalyst design for selective oxidative coupling reactions. 

Publications (Google Scholar)

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h-index:  12   Total Publications:  29   Total Citations:  548  (Web of Science, Feb. 2018)

h-index:  12  Total Publications:  29  Total Citations:  572  (Scopus, Feb. 2018)

h-index:  14  Total Citations:  640  (Google Scholar Citations, Feb. 2018)

Monday, February 19, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, NHB 1.720  michaelis

Synthetic Applications of Enzyme-Inspired Catalysts

David Michaelis

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Brigham Young University

Research Group Web Page

  • Polymer-supported nanoparticle catalysts
  • Electrophilic Catalysis with Heterobimetallic Complexes
  • α-Helical Peptide Scaffolds as Modular, Tunable, Enzyme-Like Catalysts for Multistep Synthesis

Research interests include: Organic synthesis, catalysis, natural product total synthesis, inorganic synthesis, polymer chemistry, biocatalysis.



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h-index:  11   Total Publications:  18   Total Citations:  517  (Web of Science, Feb. 2018)

h-index:  11  Total Publications:  19  Total Citations:  536  (Scopus, Feb. 2018)

Vista Lecture

Friday, February 16, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, WEL 2.122  lee cronin

Exploring Transition in Chemical Complexity

Lee Cronin

Professor of Chemistry

University of Glasgow

Research Group Web Page

Research in the Cronin Group is motivated by the fascination for complex chemical systems, and the desire to construct complex functional molecular architectures that are not based on biologically derived building blocks.



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h-index:  59   Total Publications:  324   Total Citations:  14,409  (Web of Science, Jan. 2018)

highly citedHighly Cited:  7 papers

Faculty Recruiting Seminar  David Romney

Wednesday, February 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, WEL 2.122

Evolvable Catalysts for Organic Synthesis

David K. Romney

Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical/Bioengineering


F.H. Arnold Group Web Site

PhD, Yale, 2015

Arnold Group:  Enzyme activity; Target-oriented biocatalysis; Protein engineering.

Publications (Google Scholar)


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h-index:  8   Total Citations:  182  (Google Scholar Citations, Jan. 2018)

Faculty Recruiting Seminar  amanda cook

Monday, February 12, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, WEL 2.122

Mechanistic Studies of Catalytic Reactions in Solution and on Surfaces: C–H Functionalization and Hydroamination Reactions

Amanda K. Cook-Sneathen

Postdoctoral Fellow, Inorganic Chemistry

ETH Zurich

Copéret Group Web Site

PhD, Michigan, 2015

Copéret Group:  The controlled functionalization of surfaces is essential for defining the properties of materials used in catalysis, imaging, or microelectronics. Our group works on the surface chemistry of oxides, metallic nanoparticles, and hybrid organic-inorganic materials. In particular, the focus of our research is to master the molecular structures and related properties of supported single-site and nanoparticle catalysts. More recently, we have extended these strategies to applications involving imaging (luminescence and nuclear magnetic resonance) and microelectronic devices. Since our research requires detailed molecular understanding of the surface chemistry of materials, we use a combination of spectroscopic methods (IR, UV-Vis, XPS, XAFS, EPR, and solid-state NMR, etc.), computational chemistry (on molecular and periodic systems), and testing the properties of the materials. The overarching goal is to develop catalysts and devices through rational design.

Publications (ResearcherID)


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h-index:  6  Total Publications:  7  Total Citations:  252  (ResearcherID, Jan. 2018)

Friday, February 9, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, WEL 2.122  Bo Li

Mighty Chemistry of Bacterial Small Molecules

Bo Li

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

University of North Carolina

Research Group Web Page

Microbial small molecules, also known as secondary metabolites, were well known for their impressive therapeutic properties and diverse medicinal applications. They also serve important biological functions including self-defense and cell-cell signaling for the producing microbes. However, the physiological roles of many secondary metabolites remain poorly understood. Next-generation genome sequencing revealed that microbes harbor many uncharacterized biosynthetic operons, sometimes up to 25% of their genomes, for the biosynthesis of small molecules. It is unclear what molecules these operons make or what their functions are.  Our lab develops genome-mining strategies to identify and characterize new small molecules from microbes. We are particularly interested in microbes that are associated with eukaryotes and their small molecules that are likely involved in microbe-microbe or microbe-host interactions. Our goal is to explore and exploit the biological functions and therapeutic applications of these molecules.



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h-index:  9   Total Publications:  14   Total Citations:  595  (Web of Science, Jan. 2018)

Faculty Recruiting Seminar  zachariah page

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2:00 - 3:00pm, NHB 1.720

Synthesis of soft materials for energy harvesting and conservation

Zachariah Page

Postdoctoral Researcher

UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Page's Website

Hawker Group Web Site

PhD, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015

Zak's research efforts have focused on synthesis and characterization of hydrophilic conjugated polymers, and their integration into organic photovoltaics, as well as the design of novel compounds for organic light emitting diodes, in-situ analysis of photochemical transformations, and 3D printing of  soft materials. Future research will be interdisciplinary in nature, including aspects of synthetic chemistry, materials science, and engineering and will expand upon knowledge gained during past research experiences. Tailored templating and photochemical approaches will be studied to generate well-defined soft materials and composites with interesting (opto)electronic and mechanical properties, with applications spanning bioelectronics, flexible electronics, and additive manufacturing.


Publications (Google Scholar Citations)

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h-index:  11    Total Citations:  679  (Google Scholar Citations. Feb. 2018)

h-index:  12  Total Publications:  34  Total Citations:  602 (Web of Science, Feb. 2018)

highly cited paperWeb of Science Highly Cited Paper:  Page, ZA et al.  Fulleropyrrolidine interlayers: tailoring electrodes to raise organic solar cell efficiency.  Science, 346(6208), 2014, 441-444.  DOI:  10.1126/science.1255826

Faculty Recruiting Seminar  Alison Wendlandt

Wednesday, January 31, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, WEL 2.122

Mechanism-guided development of new, selective catalytic reactions

Alison Wendlandt

Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Harvard University

Eric Jacobsen Lab Research Web Page

PhD, Wisconsin, 2015

Jacobsen Lab:  Our program is dedicated to the discovery of practical catalytic reactions, and to the application of state-of-the art mechanistic and computational techniques to the analysis of those reactions. Over the past several years, we have sought and identified new classes of chiral catalysts, and several of these have found widespread application in industry and academia. These include metal-salen complexes for asymmetric epoxidation, conjugate additions, and hydrolytic kinetic resolution of epoxides; copper-diimine complexes for asymmetric aziridination; chromium-Schiff base complexes for a wide range of enantioselective pericyclic reactions; and organic hydrogen bond-donor catalysts for activation of neutral and cationic electrophiles. Our mechanistic analyses of these catalytic systems have helped uncover general principles for future catalyst design, including electronic tuning of enantioselectivity, cooperative homo- and hetero-bimetallic catalysis, hydrogen-bond donor asymmetric catalysis, and anion binding catalysis.


Publications (Jacobsen Group)

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h-index:  6  Total Publications:  6  Total Citations:  1044  (Web of Science, Dec. 2017)

highly citedHighly Cited Publication:  Wendlandt, AE; Suess, AM; Stahl, SS.  Copper-catalyzed aerobic C-H functionalizations: trends and mechanistic insights.  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50(47), 2011, 11062-11087.  DOI:  10.1002/anie.201103945

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