Join Yale Chemistry for a Silliman Inorganic Chemistry Seminar with Courtney C. Roberts, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota.
Research in The Robert’s group focuses on using readily-available starting materials and designing new catalytic cycles in order to utilize them to generate more complex products. In order to do this, they utilize fundamental organometallic and inorganic chemistry to develop new organic reactions.
Project 1: C–C Coupling with Early Transition Metals - Early transition metals have long been known to perform facile C–H activation but these C–H activated intermediates are often underutilized. Work in the Robert’s group is on the development of new C–C coupling reactions utilizing these intermediates.
Project 2: Radical Cross Electrophile Coupling - The Robert’s group will be working on new methods for cross electrophile coupling to stereoselectively generate alkyl-alkyl bonds. They will develop exciting new catalytic cycles for this transformation through understanding the relationship between fundamental organometallic chemistry to organic synthesis.
Project 3: Aryne Difunctionalization Catalysis - Arynes are potent electrophiles that are widely used in the synthesis of biologically active molecules. Reactions involving these intermediates are often plagued with poor selectivity. The Robrt’s group will use transition metal catalysis to control selectivity and expand the scope of possible difunctionalization reactions with arynes.
This seminar is generously sponsored by the Mrs. Hepsa Ely Silliman Memorial Fund.