Organic Sigma Seminar – Prof. Vy Dong (University of California-Irvine)

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1315 Seminar Hall
@ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Prof. Vy Dong

Title: Choose Your Own Adventures in Metal-Hydride Catalysis

Abstract: Metal hydrides promote a wide-range of organic transformations that include both C-C bond making and C-C bond breaking processes. This lecture will highlight the development of Rh and Co-catalysts for use in enantioselective hydrofunctionalizations (e.g., hydroacylation, hydroamination, hydrothiolation, and/or hydrogenation). In addition, a unique transfer hydroformylation will be described that allows conversion of aldehydes/alcohols to olefins. The presentation emphasizes mechanistic studies that showcase the role of counter-ions for controlling selectivities. Lastly, we disclose applications of these catalysts for transforming feedstocks into more complex building blocks and natural products. 


Keywords: Catalysis, Asymmetric, Organic Chemistry, Methodology, Mechanism, Organometallics

Host: Prof. Dan Weix