“Organic Chemistry in Harsh Reaction Environments”
Dr. Robert J. McMahon
Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
Friday, May 11th, 2018
3:30 pm / Olin Hall 149
Our research efforts focus on elucidating the chemistry and spectroscopy of organic species that are postulated to play a role in harsh environments (e.g. combustion, planetary atmospheres, interstellar space). These environments contain a remarkable diversity of organic functionality, including reactive intermediates such as anions, radicals, and carbenes. We have drawn on our knowledge of mechanistic and structural organic chemistry to identify chemically-significant targets for detection and characterization. Many of these investigations are made possible through our ability to prepare specific chemical precursor molecules via synthetic organic chemistry. I will present case studies that exemplify how modern physical-organic chemistry spans the disciplines of organic chemistry, chemical physics, and astronomy.