An ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) New Directions grant entitled, "Cooperative bond activation by metal complexes of ligands with proximal basic sites," has been awarded to the Shaughnessy group. The grant will provide $110,000 over two years to pursue new research in the development of complexes that activate element-hydrogen bonds using a metal-ligand cooperative mechanism.
James Howard received a Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award for his work in the Shaughnessy group. The Randall award recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at The University of Alabama.
The Shaughnessy group presented 5 papers at the ACS meeting in New Orleans.
Kevin Shaughnessy gave a talk in the Homogeneous Catalysis for Applied Organic Synthesis symposium entitled, "Alkylphosphine cyclometallation as a mode of catalyst deactivation and a source of active catalysts."
Ethan Hu gave a talk entitled, "Methods to reduce Pd(II) precatalysts to Pd(0) for cross-coupling reactions" in the Organic Division.
Benjamin Headford presented a poster entitled, "Synthesis and catalytic application of asymmetrically substituted 1,3-diphosphines," in the Organic Division.
James Howard presented a talk entitled, "Synthesis and catalytic application of asymmetrically substituted 1,3-diphosphines," in the Division of Chemical Education.
Connar Franklin gave a poster in the Division of Chemical Education entitled, "Phosphine-free palladium catalysts for the direct arylation of heterocyclic aromatic compounds."
Zoe Ziegenhorn has joined the group as an undergraduate researcher. Zoe is a French major pursuing a pre-health track. Her research is focused on the synthesis of bidentate phosphines with two different phosphorus coordinating groups.
Jordan Pierce has joined the Shaughnessy group as a PhD student. Jordan received her BS degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.
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