Sep 19 2014

Chemistry Seminar

Guest Speaker: Rebecca Davis - University of Manitoba

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Date/Time
Friday, September 19, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location

OWS 251
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Dr. Rebecca Davis of the University of Manitoba will present her work.

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The field of asymmetric organocatalysis has grown rapidly in the last decade and now provides access to an extensive catalog of previously unattainable transformations. However, the rush to exploit the potential of this field has left a void between innovation and understanding with many unexpected or contradictory findings going unexplained. The lack of information on the behavior of these reactions limits their potential for further development. Employing a combination of theoretical, analytical and synthetic methods we explore and elucidate the mechanisms and selectivity patterns of organocatalytic reactions. The discoveries made with these techniques have led to improved reaction conditions, decreased catalyst loading, and better stereocontrol.

Dr. Rebecca Davis of the University of Manitoba will present her work studying the mechanisms of organocatalytic transformations.