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Professor Alex Miller
Tuesday, May 01, 2018, 11:00am - 12:00pm

alex miller 14094Professor Alex Miller

University of North Carolina

Tuesday May 1, 2018

11:00AM, WL260

"Cation-Responsive Pincer-Crown Ether Complexes for Tumble Catalysis"

Catalyst performance often depends on the ability of a substrate to bind a transition metal center, but methods to control these substrate binding processes remain elusive. We are harnessing interactions between molecular catalysts and their environment to control organometallic catalysis. Incorporating a crown ether macrocycle into a robust pincer ligand enables the donor properties of such “pincer-crown ether” ligands to be tuned through cation-macrocycle interactions. Mechanistic studies of the dynamic interactions between catalysts, cations, and substrates provide an emerging picture of how cations can tune catalyst performance.

~Coffee/tea will be served prior to lecture~