A paper by Ethan Hu, Corrie Burlas, Sabrina Curley, Tomasz Gruchala and Fengrui Qu entitled, "Effect of Aryl Ligand Identity on Catalytic Performance of Trineopentylphosphine Arylpalladium Complexes in N-Arylation Reactions," has been published in Organometallics. The paper describes the role of steric effects of aryl ligands on the performance of palladium catalysts in C-N cross-coupling reactions.
Undergraduate researchers Sabrina Curley, Jade Kelley, and Brent Kuhnfeld earned their BS degrees during the May commencement. Sabrina has been accepted to the PhD program in materials engineering at Michigan State University. Jade will enroll in the University of Texas School of Dentistry. Brent will take a gap year while applying to medical school.
Sabrina Curley, a Mechanical Engineering major and Chemistry minor, joined the Shaughnessy group this fall. Sabrina is working on a joint project between the Shaughnessy and Bakker groups focused on the synthesis of metal-ligand complexes that can be incorporated in carbon mesoporous materials.