The American Chemical Society is set to host their 251st National Meeting and Exposition in beautiful, sunny San Diego, California from March 13 – 17, 2016. “Computers in Chemistry” is the overall theme of the event and, as always done here at All Things Metathesis, we will provide a high-level overview of some of the noteworthy oral and poster presentations for all the olefin metathesis lovers out there.
First off, I want to give a very special shout out to Materia’s own VP of R&D, Dr. Dick Pederson, who will be presenting in San Diego (I&EC 15). Dick will share a story of his journey through the years in olefin metathesis that started in the late 1990’s with projects focused on the production of insect pheromones and continued with work focusing on the transformation of renewable seed oils. The latter resulted in a joint venture between Materia and Cargill which led to the creation of Elevance Renewable Sciences to commercialize the metathesis chemistry of seed oil-based feedstocks. This culminated in the 2013 startup of a 440 million pound per year bio-refinery in Gresik, Indonesia with additional plants scheduled to come online in Mississippi and Malaysia. Dick’s talk will be part of the Alpha Olefin Catalysis: Production & Transformations symposium on Sunday, March 13th that looks like it will provide an interesting afternoon of olefin-based chemistry discussions.
Now, on to our Nobel Laureates…It doesn’t look like Prof. Richard Schrock will be making an appearance in San Diego this year, or at least he is not scheduled to talk. However, fellow Nobel Laureate, Prof. Bob Grubbs will be very busy on day 1 of the conference, giving 3 different presentations within a 3 hour window. The first, ORGN 66 – Recent advances in olefin metathesis, with be presented at 1:45 p.m. in a symposium in honor of Prof. Scott Miller who is receiving the ACS award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. This will be followed by a talk at 3:15 p.m. (POLY 80 – Fundamental to commercial chemistry) in another honorary symposium, this time for Scott Allen, Geoff Coates and Anthony Eisenhut who are being awarded the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success. Finally, at 4:00 p.m., Bob will present POLY 94 – Synthesis of polymers with controlled structures in a symposium honoring Ken Wagener who is receiving the Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award. Good luck Bob – hopefully the various lecture halls are close together!!
There will also be a couple presentations from Grubbs group members. Peter Dornan will speak on Sunday, March 13th @ 4:20 p.m. about tandem metathesis-dihydroxylation or metathesis-oxidative cyclization methodologies that have been developed (ORGN 118). On Tuesday evening, Juneyoung Lee will present a poster (POLY 374) describing the use of Ru-benzylidene complexes, not for metathesis chemistry, but rather atom transfer radical reactions.
Now, to wrap this up, I will provide a day by day breakdown of some other olefin metathesis based abstracts that caught my eye while scanning the technical program:
Sunday, March 13th
- CATL 42 – Nicolas Merle will describe some surface organometallic chemistry approaches to supporting group VI oxo derivatives onto silica @ 2:10 p.m.
- INOR 147 – @ 2:40 p.m. Clark Landis will discuss experiments using the Wisconsin High Pressure NMR Reactor (WiHP-NMRR) where some preliminary results for the ethenolysis of internal olefins will be presented.
- INOR 341 – Albert Poater will give a poster presentation describing some DFT calculations into to effect of incorporating a C60 fullerene onto the backbone of an NHC ligand of a Ru-based complex.
Monday, March 14th
- POLY 106 – @ 9:15 a.m. Mitra Ganewatta from South Carolina will talk about some living ROMP chemistry of renewable resin acids from pine trees.
- CATL 83 – Alexis Bell from UC Berkley will give a talk on propene metathesis and oxidation over silica-supported W-oxide catalysts.
- CATL 139 – Christopher Nicholas from UOP will present another surface organometallic chemistry-based talk where a tungsten complex was supported on alumina to supply a selective catalyst for propylene production.
- CATL 131 and CATL 132 will be back to back computational chemistry talks, the first on well-defined Re-oxo complexes anchored on modified silica and the second on Ru-NHC complexes, such as the Grubbs Catalyst® 2nd generation with an emphasis placed on increasing catalyst stability.
- CATL 335 – A poster presentation describing the activation, regeneration and active-site identification of supported Mo-, W-, Re-oxide will be presented by Kunlun Ding.
Tuesday, March 15th
- CHED 1789 – Grubbs group alum, Prof. Anna Wenzel will give a lecture highlighting some undergraduate laboratory experiments developed to introduce green chemical principles to students, where, an olefin metathesis reaction performed in an aqueous environment serves as a key example.
- POLY 382 – Antsar Hlil from Texas A&M Qatar will present a poster describing the ROMP behavior of cyclopentene derivatives.
Wednesday, March 16th
- The poster session at 7 p.m. has some olefin metathesis content out of Paul Hanson’s lab at the University of Kansas. ORGN 680 and ORGN 681 describe the synthesis of P-stereogenic bicyclic phosphonamidates by RCM and a one-pot enyne RCM/Diels Alder protocol for the synthesis of bi- and tricyclic P-containing heterocycles respectively.
Finally, please stop by Materia’s booth (#1117) to meet and interact with our fun and knowledgeable technical crew that will be attending the show. They will provide you with an opportunity to stimulate your mind by taking our Metathesis Challenge, where, if successful, you can be the proud owner of a very stylish (and free!) Materia T-shirt. (While supply lasts) On top of that, you can pick up one of our new Metathesis Quick Reference Guides. So stop by and see us!