Professor Mark R. Ams, Allegheny College
“More Than Just A Rotation: The Twisted Tale of Isomerizing Molecules”
The carbon-carbon bond is a fundamental motif in Organic Chemistry and often takes center stage in the architecture of new, interesting molecules and materials. Organic molecules can often be made functional by incorporating carbon-carbon bond rotations into their structural design, allowing for exciting opportunities in areas such as photochemistry and nanotechnology. This talk will discuss our investigation of two such devices that apply this rotary motion, known as isomerization, toward solving several important challenges in Chemistry: 1.) Measuring CH-pi interactions and 2.) Solution phase purification.
Noon - 1:00 pm