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  • Department Events

    Volume 21, Number 1

    As always, we have a lot going on in the department. In particular, we have a great line up of seminars. You should make an effort to attend our Friday seminars (3:30 p.m., in Olin 04) whenever possible. We start off the term this Friday with our very own Buck Taylor, who will be talking about his research on computational chemistry and chemical catalysis. Please visit the seminar page, where you can see the rest of speakers scheduled this year.

    We also encourage you to go to lunch with the speaker on most Fridays (check the window of the Mudd computer room for the time). Meeting these visitors, whether over lunch or by attending seminar, is a terrific way to learn about the breadth of opportunities in chemistry and related fields. On Thursdays during common time, meet with Chemistry faculty for Periodic Table or Journal Club.

  • Seminar Announcement

    Volume 21, Number 1

    Friday, September 16th, 2016
    3:30 p.m. in Olin 04

    Buck Taylor: How to Use Computers to Understand Chemical Reactivity: Palladium-Catalyzed C–H Activation and Cross-Coupling

    A major challenge in organic chemistry is the synthesis of useful products from cheap, readily available starting materials. To do this, organic chemists need a wide range of versatile and selective reactions, which requires an understanding of the underlying reaction mechanisms. This talk will discuss a computational study of palladium catalysts that selectively functionalize allylic C–H bonds, highlighting the role of ligands in controlling regioselectivity. The presentation will also describe the basic steps needed to use computer modeling to study organic reaction mechanisms and highlight some recent findings in palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling.