Catalytic C-C and C-N Bond Formation: Creating Complexity and Improving Practicality

Professor Joe Sweeney, University of Huddersfield. Part of the chemistry organic seminar series.

Catalysts are indispensable tools for the manufacture of both low- and high-value chemical commodities, in both academic and commercial contexts. Modern research into catalytic bond-forming processes is driven by the twin challenges of delivering novel transformations, and improving the practicality of existing reactions. This lecture will describe the use of nickel, palladium and iron catalysts in the synthesis of functional molecules, and will offer a perspective on the concept of sustainability in modern catalysis research, considering chemical, economic and geopolitical factors.