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Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The GRC on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms was initiated in 1997 and has since been held as a bi-annual conference to facilitate attendance by the international community of scientists active in the research field. This conference focuses on kinetic, mechanistic, and thermodynamic studies of reactions that play a role in fields as diverse as catalysis, energy, bioinorganic chemistry, green chemistry, materials, organometallics, and activation of small molecules (oxygen, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, alkanes). Participants from universities, industry, and national laboratories present results and engage in discussions of pathways, intermediates, and outcome of various reactions of inorganic, organic, coordination, organometallic, and biological species. This knowledge provides the basis for rational development and design of novel reactions, compounds, and catalysts. In addition, the study of reaction mechanisms involving elements from across the entire periodic table has provided a unique opportunity for mixing of scientific disciplines that pushes the frontiers in solving grand challenges from advancing renewables to environmentally benign chemistry.

Speakers have always been chosen to give cutting-edge advances in mechanistic science and in the constantly evolving techniques used to decipher reaction pathways and characterize important reaction transients. The consistent aim of the GRC on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms has been to bring together an outstanding and diverse group of scientists at the forefront of this field and to stimulate interesting discussions and productive interactions for future research and applications. The Conference has had an excellent tradition of collegial and fun atmosphere that has been very inclusive of young investigators, postdocs, and graduate students.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
Metal-Based Reactions that Enable Scientific Advances in Energy, Biology, Materials, and Catalysis
Mar 5-10 Hotel Galvez Patrick Holland
2015 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
Using Fundamentals to Interface Energy, Biology, Materials and Catalysis
Mar 1-6 Hotel Galvez Paul J. Chirik
2013 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
Energy, Materials, and Environmental Advances
Mar 3-8 Hotel Galvez Mahdi M. Abu-Omar
2011 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Mar 6-11 Hotel Galvez Seth N. Brown
2009 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Mar 8-13 Hotel Galvez Clark R. Landis
2007 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Feb 18-23 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Andreja Bakac
2005 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Feb 13-18 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express William B. Tolman
2003 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Feb 16-21 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express James M. Mayer
2001 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Feb 25 - Mar 2 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Peter C. Ford
1999 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Feb 28 - Mar 5 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Dale W. Margerum
1997 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Mar 2-7 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express James H. Espenson
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