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Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
Gordon Research Conference

Metal-Based Reactions that Enable Scientific Advances in Energy, Biology, Materials, and Catalysis

Dates

March 5-10, 2017

Location

Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX

Organizers

Chair:
Patrick Holland

Vice Chair:
Timothy Warren

Meeting Description

Understanding the mechanism of a chemical reaction is essential for controlling selectivity and yield of products, and improving the efficiency of chemical processes. The principles of inorganic mechanisms are best established for main-group and transition metals, but have expanded into other areas like biochemistry and f-block elements. Research in this field thus lies at an important multidisciplinary intersection point between applications in catalysis, synthetic chemistry, enzymatic processes and materials science. The 2017 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Gordon Conference will provide a forum for academic, industrial and national laboratory scientists to meet and present the latest findings in these areas. The invited speakers will show how fundamental reaction mechanisms at metals govern various processes that lead to pharmaceuticals, metabolites, foods, chemical raw materials, plastics, fuels, and more.

The program will feature leading scientists from across the field of inorganic chemistry (broadly defined) and will also feature a poster session open to all attendees. An opportunity will be provided for selected poster presenters to give short oral presentations about their work. Students, postdocs and other early career scientists are highly encouraged to participate and submit posters; they can also attend the inaugural 2017 Gordon Research Seminar on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms to start out the week in a student-centered environment.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmMechanisms in Catalysis with Inexpensive Metals
Discussion Leader: Alison Fout (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmOpening Remarks
7:45 pm - 8:15 pmPaul Chirik (Princeton University, USA)
"Cobalt and Nickel Catalyzed C-H Functionalization: Mechanism and Applications"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pmRebecca Ruck (Merck & Co, Inc., USA)
"Using Metals and Mechanism to Develop and Improve Pharmaceutical Processes"
9:00 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMechanisms of Polymerization Catalysis
Discussion Leader: Crisita Carmen Atienza (ExxonMobil Chemical Company, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amBrad Bailey (Dow Chemical Company, USA)
"New Polyolefin Catalysts for the Production of Ethylene Based Fluids"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amEugene Chen (Colorado State University, USA)
"Chemoselective, Stereoselective, and Living Polymerization of Multifunctional Monomers to Advanced Materials"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amJian Yang (ExxonMobil Chemical Company, USA)
"Ansa-Metallocene Catalysts for Olefin Polymerization"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmLarry Sita (University of Maryland, USA)
"Increasing Mechanistic Complexity to Give New Life to the Living Coordination Polymerization of Olefins"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizers: Rebecca Ruck (Merck & Co, Inc., USA) and Laurel Schafer (University of British Columbia, Canada)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMechanisms of Electrocatalysis
Discussion Leader: Morris Bullock (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmJillian Dempsey (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Processes in the Electrocatalytic Production of Hydrogen"
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:45 pmYogesh Surendranath (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Mechanistic Insights into CO2 to Fuels Catalysis"
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMechanisms of Organometallic Catalysis for Organic Synthesis
Discussion Leader: Daniel Weix (University of Rochester, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amJennifer Schomaker (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Synthetic Applications and Mechanistic Insights into Tunable, Silver-Catalyzed Nitrene Transfer Reactions"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amEric Simmons (Bristol-Myers Squibb, USA)
"Development and Mechanistic Study of Transition Metal-Catalyzed Processes in the Synthesis of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amMichael Neidig (University of Rochester, USA)
"Structure, Bonding and Mechanism in Iron-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmCarl Busacca (Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA)
"Hydrophosphinations of Strained Systems"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMechanisms at the Edge of the Periodic Table
Discussion Leader: Aaron Sadow (Iowa State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmSuzanne Bart (Purdue University, USA)
"Coaxing New Chemistry out of f-Block Elements"
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:45 pmEric Schelter (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Rare Earth Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds: Challenges and Opportunities"
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMechanisms of Multimetallic Compounds
Discussion Leader: John Berry (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amTheodore Betley (Harvard University, USA)
"Radical Processes in Chemistry: Nitrogen Valency Influence on Group Transfer Catalysis"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amZhaomin Hou (RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan)
"Cleavage and Transformations of Dinitrogen and Aromatic Skeletons by Molecular Titanium Hydride Clusters"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amChristine Thomas (Brandeis University, USA)
"Cooperative Bimetallic Approaches to Bond Activation Processes"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmFranc Meyer (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)
"Cooperative Small Molecule Activation at Bioinspired Bimetallic Sites"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMechanisms on Metallic Surfaces
Discussion Leader: Susannah Scott (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmRandy Yeates (Shell, USA)
"Ethylene Oxide Catalysis"
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:45 pmAlessandra Quadrelli (CPE Lyon, UMR 5265, CNRS, France)
"Reaction Mechanisms on Inorganic Surfaces: From Unusual N2 Splitting to Atomically-Thin Growth of 2D Materials"
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMechanisms in Bioinorganic Chemistry
Discussion Leader: Anne Jones (Arizona State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amThomas Rauchfuss (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"The Elusive Hydrides of the FeFe Hydrogenases"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amStephen Ragsdale (University of Michigan Medical School, USA)
"Uncovering the Mechanism by Which a Nickel Metalloenzyme Catalyzes Methane Synthesis and Oxidation"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amJulie Kovacs (University of Washington, USA)
"How Thiolate Ligands Influence Iron Dioxygen Chemistry"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmLance Seefeldt (Utah State University, USA)
"Insights into the Nitrogenase Mechanism"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMechanistic Techniques in Organometallic Chemistry
Discussion Leader: Daniel Mindiola (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion
7:45 pm - 7:55 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 9:00 pmRobert Bergman (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"The Application of Physical Organic Methods to the Investigation of Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms, or A Nostalgia Trip Through Organometallic Chemistry of the Late 20th Century"
9:00 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmClosing Remarks
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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