This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
Metalloproteins are remarkable in their ability to use metal active sites in order to effect challenging conversions under ambient conditions. These include the conversion of dinitrogen to ammonia by the Fe/Mo/V-containing cofactors of the nitrogenase family of enzymes, the splitting of water by the Mn/Ca-containing oxygen evolving complex of photosystem II, H2 production by hydrogenases, and the reversible conversion between CO2 and CO by Mo/Fe and Ni/Fe-containing carbon monoxide dehydrogenases – to highlight only a few examples. In addition to the earth abundant transition metals, in more recent years it has also been found that rare earth elements are involved in biological processes, enabling for example methanol oxidation using lanthanide based active sites. Current research in understanding how these inorganic cofactors enable these challenging transformations is enormous and continues to drive efforts in synthetic biology, protein engineering, computational chemistry, and synthetic catalyst design.
The 2020 Gordon Research Conference will highlight recent progress in understanding the fundamental chemistry and underlying mechanism of these remarkable cofactors. The conference will bring together a diverse group of scientists - spanning molecular biology, biochemistry, synthetic inorganic chemistry, spectroscopy, and theoretical chemistry – in order to catalyze cross-disciplinary interactions to push the forefront of metallocofactor research.