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(364)On Discovery in Catalysis

Speaker: Prof. Frank Glorius, Organisch-Chemisches Institut Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Time: Sept 12th, Thursday, 10:00am

Venue: Building 24#-C406

Host:  Prof. Jay Siegel

Abstract: Catalysis is a key technology of our modern societies, since it allows for increased levels of selectivity and efficacy of chemical transformations. While significant progress can be made by rational design or engineered step-by-step improvements, many pressing challenges in the field require the discovery of new and formerly unexpected results. Arguably, the question “How to discover?” is at the heart of the scientific process. In this talk, strategies and discoveries from the Glorius group will be discussed. Topics will include the use of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) in different fields of catalysis (such as arene hydrogenation and on-surface chemistry) and also discovery in photocatalysis.