March 19: Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs to deliver Chemistry lecture

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013

On Tuesday, March 19, the Chemistry Department will host Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Grubbs, Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Grubbs will deliver the Boehringer Ingelheim Lecture titled Design and Applications of Selective Catalysts for Olefin Metathesis.

Grubbs’ research group developed various metal-based catalysts that can drive a chemical transformation forward; this transformation is known to organic chemists as the “Olefin Metathesis” reaction. This synthetic methodology is one of the finest examples of “Green Chemistry” that is currently used for the clean and efficient production of therapeutic agents, polymeric materials and numerous other chemicals of commercial and socioeconomic value.

The lecture is on Tuesday, March 19 at 1 p.m. in the Otto Maass Chemistry Building, Room 112. All are welcome.

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