The American Chemical Society will host the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, California from March 25th-29th, 2012. Metathesis chemistry will have a significant presence at this meeting and while looking through the program, I noticed that there is a wide variety of choices for those interested in learning about new developments in metathesis and the versatile applications of metathesis processes.
Z-Selective olefin metathesis, one of the hot topics in olefin metathesis right now, will be highlighted in several presentations including one by Richard R. Schrock at the symposium for the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry held on Tuesday March 27th and one by Robert H. Grubbs in a Symposium on Understanding Additions to Alkenes held on Sunday March 25th. In addition, several representatives from the Grubbs group, Benjamin K. Keitz, Myles B. Herbert and Paresma R. Patel, will present their first-hand contributions to this rapidly growing sub-field of metathesis. Previous ATM posts have highlighted published work on the Grubbs and Schrock approaches to Z-selective metathesis.
Increasing energy efficiency is another hot topic (no pun intended) that will be discussed. A few of the presentations that I am particularly interested in seeing will describe different methods on how metathesis can be used to assemble novel polymer architectures for efficient methods of energy transfer.
- Joshua C. Speros from the Hillmyer group will discuss an ADMET (acyclic diene metathesis) approach to the synthesis of light harvesting polymers
- Yoan C. Simon from the Kilbinger and Weder groups will highlight hybrid materials made from ROMP (ring-opening metathesis polymerization) and RAFT (reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization) for enhanced low-power upconversion
- Raymond A. Weitekamp from the Grubbs group will talk about new architectures for polymer/electrode interfaces
Which-ever flavor of olefin metathesis you prefer, I hope you take the time at this meeting to learn about the innovations that make metathesis a continually evolving and exciting field of chemistry. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by the Materia booth (#1627) at the exhibition and take the Metathesis Challenge!