New chemistry through catalysis
Symposium Organizer: Adelina Voutchkova, The George Washington University
Catalysis is a fundamental tool for development of new synthetic transformations that advance the toolbox of green chemistry. Homogeneous catalysis continues to have an integral role in the development of more sustainable chemical syntheses by allowing rational design of pre-catalysts with high selectivity and activity. Heterogeneous and supported catalysis, on the other hand, have the potential to decrease the need for precious metals and expensive ligands, provided heterogeneous catalysts can be designed to afford high selectivity, activity and stability. This session will convene researchers developing catalytic processes that afford new transformations and conform to the principles of green chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the use of recyclable homogeneous catalysts, catalysis using non-precious metals and processes that use heterogeneous catalysts to minimize consumption of precious metals.