Catalyzing Organic Synthesis
From Prozac to perfume and from sustainable plastics to solar energy, catalysis enables our current standard of living and controls our potential to progress sustainably. The reduced emissions of modern cars, the beginnings of green energy and the new pharmaceuticals we use to treat disease are all made possible by chemical reactions controlled by catalysts.
John Hartwig is Henry Rapoport Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, and recipient of the Ojima Distinguished Lectureship Award in Chemistry. His research focuses on the discovery and understanding of new reactions for organic synthesis catalyzed by transition metal complexes.
This lecture will introduce the importance of catalysis overall, some major challenges in the field and ways that Hartwig’s research group is seeking to address these challenges. Hartwig will also present examples of important catalysts used today and strategies to discover and develop new classes of catalysts for future applications.
This Provost’s Lecture will be held on Friday, May 5, at 4 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall 2. It is free and open to the public.
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