Accessing the Full Potential of Redox-Active Ligands: Reactivity and Applications (#87)

The interaction of transition metal complexes with pro-radical ligands is an area of intense research interest. Nature has provided inspiration, via the use of 3d transition metals and nearby redox-active moieties to drive multi-electron processes. Advanced experimental and theoretical techniques now allow chemists to determine an accurate electronic description of transition metal complexes incorporating redox-active ligands. This in turn has provided chemists with new ways to control multi-electron processes in catalysis, energy conversion, and materials applications. Ligand redox processes can now be designed to act in concert, or independently, from metal oxidation state changes. This Pacifichem symposium will highlight new advances in experimental and theoretical analysis that have provided an improved understanding of electronic structure, and in addition, led to the classification of a large number of ligand systems as redox-active. New applications of redox-active ligands in catalysis and materials applications will demonstrate the versatility of this approach. We aim to illustrate the state-of-the-art in the redox-active ligand field and provide a forum for discussion of future research directions.

Selected Invited Speakers: Paul Chirik (USA); Bas de Bruin (Netherlands); Patrick Holland (USA); Fabrice Thomas (France); Louise Berben (USA); Robin Hicks (Canada); Suzanne Bart (USA)
Last update: Dec 28, 2015