Ashley Gilliam and Matthew Delahay earned their MS degrees this week. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions their graduate ceremony will have to be delayed. Both Ashley and Matthew have accepted positions with Avanti Polar Lipids in Birmingham.
Kevin Shaughnessy has received a Fulbright Fellowship as a US Scholar to carry out research in Poland, He is working at the Center for Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences in Łódź. He will be in Poland from late January through the end of June. While there, he will be working in the group of Prof. Piotr Kaszynski to development metal-catalyzed routes for the modification of closo-boron clusters. He will also teach classes in organometallic chemistry to students at the Center and the University of Łódź.
Two Shaughnessy group members gave presentations at the Southeast Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) hosted by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at The University of Alabama. Tom Gruchala gave an oral talk entitled, "New Palladium Precatalysts for the Coupling of Sterically Demanding Aryl Bromides with Aniline Derivatives." Maddie Plunkett presented a poster entitled, "Trialkylphosphine Derived Palladacycles as Catalysts for the Cross-Dimerization of Terminal Aryl Acetylenes with Terminal Propargyl Alcohols and Amides: An Evaluation of the Ligand Effects."
Congratulations to Ashley Gilliam who successfully defended her MS thesis entitled, "Using Ketones as Catalyst Activators in Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions."
The Shaughnessy group welcomed two new graduate students to the group. Emily Souza earned a BS degree at the University of South Carolina. Her research will focus on the synthesis of bifunctional ligands and their catalytic applications. Jacob Scantland earned his BS degree at Tennessee Tech. His research will focus on synthesis and application of heterobidentate ligands.
A chapter reviewing amine arylation reactions authored by John Hartwig, Kevin Shaughnessy, Shashank Shekar and Rebecca Green was published in the 100th volume of Organic Reactions.
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