03/07/19 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Gassman Lectureship #2: Professor Melanie Sanford
Paul G. Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry
Professor Sanford's research encompasses new methods for the oxidative functionalization of carbon-hydrogen bonds; new methods for the oxidative functionalization of alkenes and alkynes, synthesis and reactivity of unusual high oxidation state complexes of late transition metals, and C–H functionalization of methane and benzene.
Professor Sanford received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Yale University in 1996 where she worked with Professor Robert Crabtree studying C-F bond functionalization. She then moved to the California Institute of Technology where she worked with Professor Robert Grubbs investigating the mechanism of ruthenium-catalyzed olefin metathesis reactions. After receiving her doctorate in 2001, she worked with Professor Jay Groves at Princeton University as a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow studying metalloporphyrin-catalyzed functionalization of olefins. She has been a professor at the University of Michigan since the summer of 2003.
In honor of Regents Professor Paul G. Gassman
Regents Professor Paul G. Gassman died in April 1993, at the age of 57. He was internationally known in the chemical community, and left behind a legacy of achievement. During his career, he served as mentor and adviser to 85 doctoral and master’s candidates as well as dozens of postdoctoral associates and undergraduate students. Numerous awards, honors, and honorary degrees were bestowed in recognition of his contributions to research and his service to the scientific, professional, and university communities. Some of these awards include election to the National Academy of Sciences (1989) and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1992); the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry (1985); Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1986); and the National Catalyst Award of the Chemical Manufacturers Association (1990). He served as president of the American Chemical Society in 1990. He was co-chair of the organizing committees of the National Organic Symposium (1991) and the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research meeting (1992), on the University of Minnesota campus. It was his wish that a lectureship be established to bring distinguished organic chemists to the Department of Chemistry.