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Inorganic Seminar Series: Nathan Schley (Vanderbilt University) – Via Zoom

October 1, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Nathan Schley
Nathan Schley, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University


Iridium Complexes for the Activation and Functionalization of Ethers and Hydrocarbons


Nature provides feedstock chemicals in an array of oxidation states, from reduced hydrocarbons to complex, stereochemically-rich oxygenated carbohydrates. The efficient utilization of such materials as organic building blocks relies on the availability of selective methods for their conversion. Our group is addressing this challenge through the development of new catalysts We have developed dipyridylarylmethane derivatives as ligands for sp3 C-H borylation of alkanes, and show that bis(phosphine)iridium complexes serve as tunable catalysts for the hydrosilylative cleavage of alkyl ethers.


NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 2012-2015
Postdoctoral research advisor: Gregory C. Fu

Ph.D., Yale University, 2012
Graduate research advisor: Robert H. Crabtree

B.S., University of California, Davis, 2007
Undergraduate research advisor: Philip P. Power


The aim of the Schley research group is the application of organometallic chemistry to unmask latent reactivity in organic substrates. Our goal is to meet the challenge of enabling new oxidative, catalytic transformations of C-H bonds by making use of unconventional activation strategies informed by our understanding of bonding and mechanism in transition metal chemistry.

For more information, go to Schley Research Group.


October 1, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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