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The Modern (Bio)Chemist's Toolbox: Techniques to Answer Fundamental Questions About Electronic Structure and Reactivity, November 5, 2015

Lecture by Samantha MacMillan, Ph.D, Vassar College Class of 2007
Director, X-ray Diffraction Facility
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 12:30pm, Mudd Chemistry 318

Nature employs mid-to-late first row transtion metals to mediate difficult multi-electron redox transformations, such as the reduction of N2 to NH3 and the conversion of NH3 to NO3 - In synthetic systems, our ability to mimic these reactions and lend insight into their mechanisms requires a thorough understanding of the properties that can affect reactivity, such as the metal oxidation state and the influence of the primary and secondary coordination spheres.  This presentation will describe the use of several techniques from the chemist's toolbox in an effort to question our basic assumptions regarding the chemistry that can be accessed by mid-to-late first row transition metal complexes.