Joint Lecture - UniSysCat & Friedrich Bessel Award Lecture from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Prof. Swadhin K. Mandal

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Department of Chemistry

Start Time: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 05:00 pm

End Time: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 06:00 pm

Small Molecules in Catalysis to Avoid Transition Metals

Prof. Swadhin K. Mandal

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Department of Chemistry

Today’s major concerns on the industrially used catalytic systems are: i) high expense of catalysts; ii) toxicity of transition metals; iii) difficulties in the removal of trace amounts of toxic-metal residues from the desired product; and finally, iv) the large consumption of heavier and rare transition metals which do not meet the requirement of sustainable development. In this regard, developing environmentally benign catalysts is an ideal alternative. Naturally, the most recent trend in catalyst development heralded a new era using either earth-abundant, nontoxic, inexpensive metals or metal-free catalysis. This talk will discuss our recent developments [1-17] on systematically mimicking the transition metal-based catalysis using small molecules. In this approach, we have used two small molecules: an electron-rich abnormal N-heterocyclic carbene[1-7] for discovering new pathways toward CO2 functionalization and the smallest polycyclic odd alternant hydrocarbon namely phenalenyl (PLY) -based molecules for designing electron transfer catalysis[8-17] inspired by an entirely different field of molecular spin electronics[9,18].


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