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Events and Seminars

All seminars are held in the Edward C. Taylor Auditorium in the Frick Chemistry Laboratory unless otherwise noted.  Please contact the chemistry front office at (609) 258-3900 if you require special assistance to attend any lecture. Assistive listening devices are available upon request.

4/17 - Student-Invited Lecture (organic): Shannon Stahl, UW Madison

Shannon Stahl - speaker's website
Department of Chemistry
UW Madison

4/23 - Seminar (organic): Jennifer Schomaker, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer Schomaker - speaker's website
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Host: Robert Knowles


Underutilized Functional Groups as Tools for Discovery


Our group uses allenes as tools for exploring important issues in contemporary organic synthesis.  For example, our efforts to develop new allene amination methods led to the discovery of silver complexes capable of catalyst-controlled and tunable chemoselective C-N bond-forming reactions.  The ability of silver to adopt a multitude of different coordination geometries allowed us to extend this chemoselectivity to favor reaction at one site of unsaturation over another, to choose between amination of a C-H or a C=C bond or even tune for reactivity between two C-H bonds.  Allenes have also proven to be powerful platforms for accessing an array of aminated building blocks for the construction of bioactive molecules. Our efforts in developing highly regio-, chemo- and stereocontrolled allene aziridination methods for the preparation of libraries of densely functionalized aminocyclitols and other complex amines related to pactamycin and jogyamycin will be described.

4/29 - Seminar (organic): Donald Watson, University of Delaware

Donald Watson - speaker’s website
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Delaware

4/30 - Seminar (organic): Eric Jacobsen, Harvard University

Eric Jacobsen - speaker's website
Department of Chemistry
Harvard University

5/1 - Student-Invited Lecture (theory): Todd Martinez, Stanford University

Todd Martinez - speaker's website
Department of Chemistry
Stanford University

5/7 - Seminar (organic): Dean Toste, UC Berkeley

Dean Toste - speaker's website
College of Chemistry
UC Berkeley

5/12 - Student-Invited Lecture (career): William Brow, Cooley LLP

William Brow, Ph.D. - speaker's webpage
Patent Counseling & Prosecution
Litigation Department, Washington, D.C.
Cooley, LLP

5/13 - Seminar (physical): Greta Patzke, University of Zurich

Greta Patzke - speaker's website
Department of Chemistry
University of Zurich

5/14 - Seminar (organic): Tom Leckta, Johns Hopkins

Tom Leckta - speaker's website
Department of Chemistry
Johns Hopkins

5/20 - Seminar (inorganic): Jack R. Norton, Columbia University

Jack R. Norton - speaker's website
Department of Chemistry
Columbia University
Host: Paul Chirik

5/21 - BMS Symposium in Organic Synthesis: Erick Carreira, ETH Zurich DCHAB

Featured speaker: Erick Carreira - speaker's webpage
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry
ETH Zurich DCHAB


More details in late spring 2014