Current Seminars

Past Seminars

By Professor Charlotte K. Williams OBE FRS
10/19/23 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry, A101

About the Seminar:  Polymers are some of the highest volume products of the chemical industry but their manufacturing, use and disposal causes pollution.  Production alone is responsible for > 1 Gt/annum of carbon dioxide emissions, ~ 3 x more than the annual emissions of the UK.  Recycling options are limited and environmental contamination by legacy […]

By David Milstein, Ph.D.
9/13/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

A Boulder Scientific Distinguished Lecture  About the Talk: Design and development of sustainable, environmentally benign catalytic reactions for organic synthesis and for energy-related processes are major goals of current catalysis. We have developed new efficient, environmentally benign reactions catalyzed by pincer-type transition metal complexes, including complexes of earth-abundant metals. Several of these reactions either produce […]

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By Susannah Scott, Ph.D.
10/29/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

A Boulder Scientific Distinguished Lecture About the Talk: Heterogeneous catalysts are indispensable in large-scale chemical processes. Adapting catalysts optimized for converting fossil-fuel-derived molecules to handle renewable carbon is a major challenge, imposed by differences in volatility and solubility. The kinetics of liquid phase transformations promoted by heterogeneous catalysts are complicated by partitioning of solvents, reactants, […]