A review authored by Kevin Shaughnessy has been published in Current Organic Chemistry. The review is entitled, "Monodentate Trialkylphosphines as Privileged Ligands in Metal-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions."
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.
Kevin Shaughnessy was an invited speaker in the Advances in Phosphorous-Based Ligands symposium at the SERMACS meeting in Savannah, GA. The talk was entitled, "Mechanistic studies and catalytic applications of conformationally flexible phosphine ligands." Dr. Shaughnessy also co-organized a symposium entitled, "Catalysis in Aqueous & Alternative Media."
A paper by Dr. Ethan Hu entitled, "Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Coordination Chemistry of (Trineopentylphosphine)palladium(aryl)bromide Dimer Complexes ([(Np3P)Pd(Ar)Br]2)," was published in Inorganic Chemistry. Co-authors on the paper are, Monica Vasiliu, Deidra Gerlach, Fengrui Qu, Trent Stein, Dr. David Dixon, and Kevin Shaughnessy. The paper describes the structure of the trineopentylphosphine ligand in [(Np3P)Pd(Ar)Br]2 complexes as a function of the steric demand of the aryl group. The trineopentylphosphine is highly flexible allowing it to accommodate other sterically demanding ligands.
A review entitled, "Development of Palladium Precatalysts that Efficiently Generate LPd(0) Active Species," has been published in the Israel Journal of Chemistry. This article was an invited contribution for a special issue honoring John Hartwig and Stephen Buchwald on receiving the Wolf Prize in Chemistry.
Kevin Shaughnessy presented a talk entitled, "Generation of active palladium(0) catalyst species from air-stable palladium(II) precatalysts and their application in cross-coupling reactions," at the fall 2019 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, CA.
After ten years as department chair, Kevin Shaughnessy is excited to be stepping down to focus on teaching and research.
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."