Activation of Small Molecules by Electropositive Metals Related to Chemical Energy Conversion (#380)

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together leaders studying the field of early-transition metal complexes (or electropositive metals) and their role in the conversion of small molecules to more value added-products. We plan to integrate some of the most active chemists in the area of small molecule activation using earth-abundant and well-defined electropositive metals (in particular early transition metals, lanthanides, and actinides) that can activate and transform small molecules that are often considered chemically and thermodynamically inert: nitrous oxide, methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen among many others. Stoichiometric and catalytic transformations will be the focus of this symposium with correlation to industrial transformations that can relate to chemical energy conversion. The co-organizers will bring expertise in the areas of catalysis, carbon-hydrogen activation, dinitrogen and carbon dioxide activation (among many other greenhouse gases) and functionalization, and electronic structure of electropositive metals. We also integrate expertise in the industrial setting with special emphasize on applications.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015