As you may recall, my colleague, Dominique Hebrault, referenced the research of Professor Huw M.L. Davies and his colleagues at Emory University in a presentation that discussed heterobimetallic catalysts for metal carbenoid chemistry. Published in 2009, this combined experimental and computational studies of heterobimetallic bi-rh paddlewheel carboxylates as catalysts for metal carbenoid transformations.
Professor Davies, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry at Emory University, will discuss his research on June 22 during the free online seminar – Impact of FTIR Studies on Understanding Asymmetric Rhodium Catalyzed Carbenoid Reactions.
During this webinar, Professor Davies will focus on the development of catalytic systems with high turnover numbers (TON’s) as a fundamental challenge of transition metal catalysis. The use of FTIR studies to optimize rhodium catalyzed carbenoid reactions and the experimental data that was used to create optimal systems with a substrate to catalyst loading greater than 1,000,000 will be discussed.
Professor Davies’ research emphasizes the development of new enantioselective synthetic methods. His program covers design of chiral catalysts, development of new synthetic methodology, total synthesis of biologically active natural products, and development of chiral therapeutic agents. A major current theme is catalytic asymmetric C–H activation by means of rhodium-carbenoid induced C–H insertion.