Bimetallic small-molecule reductions

We are so excited that our recent work, showing a really cool and distinct approach to reducing small molecules like CO2 and ethylene, has been published in Angewandte Chemie! These findings show a really fascinating way that silylene ligands can template multimetallic redox reactions, and we think they may be extended more broadly to a variety of 3d metals. Congrats to students Jim Zhang ’18, Jason Ma ’18, and Anna Conley ’20 as well as collaborators Prof. Dani Kohen and Prof. Daron Janzen for their awesome work!!

Cooperative CO2 Scission Paper is Out!

This one has been a long time coming, but it has been worth the wait!  Check out this fantastic work in Organometallics by Jim Zhang ’18, Teddy Donnell ’17, Paul Peterson ’18, and Mike Trenerry ’18, as well as our awesome collaborators Prof. Buck Taylor (and student Vanessa Eng) and Prof. Daron Janzen.  We provide experimental and computational evidence for silicon-assisted CO2 cleavage by an anomalous insertion mechanism, highlighting another mechanism by which silicon can play a key role in transforming CO2.

New Organometallics Paper

Check out our recent collaborative work with Buck Taylor’s (University of Portland) lab on a combined experimental and computational approach to understanding unusual competitive mechanisms in alkene hydrogenation by Rh catalysts!  This paper describes work by Kate DeMeulenaere ’18 and Mike Trenerry ’18.  Congrats to all involved on this well-deserved recognition of some excellent work!

Whited Group at ACS

Several representatives from the Whited group will showcase recent results at the Spring 2018 ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. Check out their awesome work if you are in town for the meeting!

  • Peterson, P. O.; Donnell, T. M.; Whited, M. T. “CO2 Bond Scission via a [P2Si]Rh Silylene Intermediate” INOR-246.
  • Zhang, J.; Foley, B. J.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Whited, M. T.; Ozerov, O. V. “Synthesis & Reactivity of Novel Silyl/Silylene Pincer Cobalt Complexes” INOR-890.
  • Ma, S.; Zhang, J.; Whited, M. T.; Janzen, D. E. “Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity of Pincer-Type Bis(Phosphine)/Silylene [P2Si]Ru Complexes” INOR-891 and SciMix