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Catalysis: In the Lab and the Newspaper

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 12:45 to 14:00
Dr. Mark Lautens | CGSS Distinguished Lecture
Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
Event Category: 
LMC - Lectures in Modern Chemistry
Chemistry B250

Our research is focused on improving the efficiency of organic synthesis through the use of catalysts and multicatalysis in domino reactions. Among the recent discoveries are reversible C-X and C-C bond-formation using palladium and nickel and carboborylation processes. Recent advances in these topics including methods to form heterocyclic scaffolds encountered in bioactive compounds will be presented. Methodological and mechanistic information has been obtained that broadens the scope of catalytic C-C, C-X and C-S bond formation.

Educating the public and advocating for science and its impact on society mights also be catalyzed. Rather than reporting new catalytic reactions in scientific publications, reaching out in public forms including public lectures, Opinions and lobbying government also may have a catalytic impact. Supporting graduate students, postdocs, early career researcher and advocating for inclusive excellence is as important as another publication in a high impact journal. An open discussion on how each of us can try and make a difference will follow the scientific lecture.