Rarity to Abundance: Better Metals for Catalysis

Organizer: Brad Gates, Senior Scientist III, AbbVie Process R&D, North Chicago, IL USA

Organic chemists in academia and industry routinely utilize reactions catalyzed by precious metals such as palladium, platinum, iridium, and rhodium for a number of important transformations. The cost, scarcity, and toxicity of these precious metals have led researchers to search for more sustainable alternatives. Recently, there has been an increasing level in interest in transformations catalyzed by non-precious metals such as copper, iron, cobalt, zinc and nickel. Examples of non-precious metal catalysis can be found in the petrochemical, fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries and in the preparation of fuel cells. This symposium will highlight exciting new advances in the field of non-precious metal catalysis for the development of more sustainable chemistry.