ACS: Groove is in the Hartwig…

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This morning, Professor John Hartwig was awarded the “”">ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry." In his talk, he discussed a number of recent results from his laboratory, including the insertion of an iridium complex into an N-H bond of ammonia, the intermolecular hydroamination of vinylarenes, an iridium catalyst able to perform enantioselective allylic aminations, and some of his recent mechanistic studies of the palladium-catalyzed amination of aryl halides (a collaboration between Hartwig’s group, Donna Blackmond’s group at Imperial College, and Stephen Buchwald’s group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Earlier in the session, Robert Bergman talked about some of the work his group has done (in collaboration with Kenneth Raymond‘s group) which involved C-H bond activation of aldehydes using an iridium catalyst and guest/host chemistry – maybe it’s just Hartwig’s and Bergman’s enthusiasm rubbing off on me, but I think that iridium (which was “”">named after the Latin word for rainbow (iris …) because many of its salts are strongly colored") might be my new favorite transition metal…


Joshua Finkelstein (Associate Editor, Nature)

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