Recent Discoveries in the Chemistry of Bismuth and Related Elements: the Green Alternative (#93)

Bismuth is a versatile element that plays a central role in a number of important areas including (1) solid state materials, (2) heterogeneous catalysis, (3) organic synthesis, (4) biological and medicinal uses. All of these areas depend upon the unique properties of this element - its high Lewis acidity, its tendency to high coordination numbers and its ability to adopt a variety of oxidation states combined with its low human toxicity. In many regards, bismuth chemistry has many parallels in lanthanide chemistry, but bismuth can also adopt a variety of oxidation states, giving its compounds redox flexibility not generally found for the f-block elements. Despite its position in the periodic table, bismuth has exceptionally low toxicity and has become the green alternative to many related heavy metals. The symposium will present recent advances in bismuth chemistry over its full range of inorganic, organometallic, biological and materials chemistries and the lessons that can be gleaned from a broad examination of reactivity patterns.
The following have already agreed to participate in the symposium:
Michael Mehring (Chemnitz), Neil Burford (Victoria), John Thurston (College of Idaho), Minghuey Shieh (Taiwan National Normal University), Bill Evans (UC Irvine), Christian Limberg (Humboldt U.), Evgeny Dikarev (ALany), Francois Gabbai (Texas A&M), Danna Freedman (Northwestern, Phil Andrews (Monash), Hongzhe Sun (Hong Kong), Ken Whitmire (Rice), Mercouri Kanatzidis (Northwestern), Michael Ruck (Dresden)
Last update: Dec 28, 2015