The Rose Mercadante Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Series is pleased to present a seminar by Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. David Laviska, entitled "Exploiting the chemical properties of transition metals: Making and breaking strong bonds in small molecules."
The seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. in the Helen Lerner Amphitheater, Science and Technology Center, Seton Hall University. Refreshments are available at 5:30 p.m.
Transition metal organometallic chemistry involves the study of the bonding interactions between metal atoms and organic (carbon-containing) compounds. Over the last 40 years, the importance of organometallic complexes and the reactions they catalyze as key components of industrial processes has grown exponentially, leading to ever-increasing interest in research and development of novel transition metal complexes and relevant chemical transformations. This seminar will provide some background concerning fundamental coordination chemistry followed by several examples of the useful reactivity of organometallic complexes. In particular, the ability of transition metals to form strong M-X bonds (X = H, C, O, N, P, etc.) will be discussed in the context of breaking bonds in small molecules and thereby facilitating the functionalization of traditionally unreactive hydrocarbons such as alkanes and aromatics.
David A. Laviska is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Seton Hall University. He received his B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University and M.S. with concentration in inorganic chemistry from the University of Washington before pursuing a career in the field of environmental science. After working for nearly ten years as a contractor with the U.S. EPA, he returned to graduate studies at Rutgers University and completed his Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry in 2013. His doctoral research was conducted under the guidance of Alan S. Goldman and focused on the activation and transformation of C-H and other strong bonds utilizing iridium pincer complexes. He currently holds a visiting scientist appointment at Rutgers, where he continues research on transition metal complexes their applications in catalysis. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Laviska has invested heavily in various outreach and community engagement projects. He is the co-creator and former director of the LEEDAR Program: Learning Enhanced through Experimental Design and Analysis with Rutgers - an innovative curriculum for mentoring high school students and encouraging them to pursue advanced education and careers in science.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with specializations in all areas of chemistry. Our unique research environment, including traditional full-time students and part-time students is designed to foster collaborations with industry and colleagues in other disciplines. The Rose Mercadante Seminar Series is named for Rose Mercadante, the departmental secretary for over 40 years, in honor of our alumni, her "boys and girls."