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  • Professor Christopher Uyeda
    01/22/18 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Special Seminar: Professor Christopher Uyeda

    Special Seminar

"Catalysis at Metal–Metal Bonds"

The discovery of new catalysts is central to the pursuit of more efficient and sustainable processes in organic synthesis. While mononuclear transition metal complexes have been widely utilized in reaction methodology, the scope of both stoichiometric and catalytic processes for complexes of higher nuclearity is comparatively limited. In principle, multinuclear complexes might engage in unprecedented modes of reactivity by binding substrates or engaging in redox processes that span multiple metal centers. New classes of catalysts that can capitalize on these cooperativity effects have the potential to exhibit activity or selectivity profiles that complement or surpass existing mononuclear systems.

Researchers in Professor Uyeda’s group have been developing new platforms that support coordinatively unsaturated and reactive metal–metal bonds. In pursuit of this goal, they have developed a naphthyridine–diimine ligand that was used to prepare dinuclear complexes of mid-to-late first-row transition metals. The redox-active nature of these ligands imparts rich redox chemistry to these complexes, enabling an array of multielectron oxidation and reduction reactions. The applications of these complexes to catalytic processes relevant to organic synthesis will be presented.

Professor Uyeda

Professor Christopher Uyeda’s research spans the organic and inorganic subdisciplines of chemistry with an emphasis on catalytic approaches to unsolved problems in organic synthesis and renewable energy conversion.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, and his doctorate from Harvard University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

  • Event Details

    Location: 331 Smith Hall
    Host: Professor Ian Tonks
    • Professor Christopher Uyeda
    • Christopher Uyeda
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Purdue University
    • West Lafayette