Friday, October 8, 2021
Dr. Connie Lu
Department of Chemistry
University of Minnesota
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 3:30 PM in Hand Lab 1144
Many challenging chemical reactions require precious metal catalysts to proceed. Our work utilizes group 13 metalloligands (Al, Ga, and In) as an electronic lever for tuning a reactive transition metal active site via a direct metal–metal interaction. This approach has allowed for the development and optimization of highly efficient metal–group 13 bifunctional catalysts for the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide. The bimetallic catalysts display remarkably enhanced activity compared to the analogous single metal centers. In this talk, I will detail the roles of the group 13 support in substrate binding, activation, and catalysis. I will also present a new Rh-group 13 catalyst system that is effective for the hydrodefluorination of challenging C-F bonds.
Bio: Connie Lu received her B.S. in Chemistry from MIT in 2000 and her Ph.D. degree from Caltech in 2006. She was a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry. In 2009, she began independent research at the University of Minnesota, where she is currently a Professor of Chemistry. Her research interests include metal-metal bonding, activation of small-molecules, electronic structure, and catalysis. She is currently on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Dalton Transactions and Chemical Society Reviews.
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