Friday, September 27, 2019
Dr. Tim Brewster
Department of Chemistry
University of Memphis
Research in the Brewster lab seeks to harness the combined power of a strong Lewis acid, aluminum, and an electron-rich late transition metal for bond activation and catalysis. A modular synthetic route to heterobimetallic late transition metal-aluminum complexes has been developed and the electronic structure of the resulting species interrogated. Reactivity with small molecules, H2 and CO2 will be presented. Mechanistic studies reveal stark differences in reactivity depending on the substrate employed.
Prof. Brewster obtained a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from The College of William and Mary in 2008, performing research under the direction of Prof. Robert D. Pike. He then moved to Yale University, where he studied organometallic chemistry under the direction of Prof. Robert. H. Crabtree, completing his Ph.D. in 2012. Dr. Brewster was then a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Karen I. Goldberg at the University of Washington for the 2012-2013 academic year before continuing as a postdoc in the Goldberg lab until 2015 as a part of the NSF Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC). In the Fall of 2015, Dr. Brewster began his independent career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis.
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