Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor Robert H. Grubbs, Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology, USA gave a distinguished seminar on “Discovery of New Selective Olefin Metathesis Catalysis” at The Department of Chemistry on February 27, 2013.

In the seminar, Professor Grubbs discussed the development of olefin metathesis catalysts for the efficient synthesis of complex molecules.  Until recently, the catalysts demonstrated poor catalyst controlled selectivity.  Over the past couple of years, complexes based on molybdenum, tungsten and ruthenium have been discovered that will produce olefins good to excellent selectivity for the generation of “Z” olefins in olefin metathesis reactions.  New polymer materials have been developed that result in different selectivities and open new applications of metathesis in the synthesis of an array of complex molecules.

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