CHEM 6635 Current Topics in Catalysis (Spring: 3 )
The course will cover principles of catalysis (catalytic cycle, entropy and proximity-induced reactivity, transition state, reaction coordinate, rate-determining step); the role forces play in controlling catalytic rate and stereo-, chemo-, and regio-selectivity; influence from temperature, solvent and pH; bifunctional catalysis, synergism, anchimeric assistance and strain; current theoretical models explaining catalytic rate acceleration. Examples from enzyme catalysis, organic and organometallic, phase-transfer, and heterogenous catalysis will be discussed. Computational chemistry studies of various catalytic reactions from these areas will be an integral part of the course. Guest lectures covering research on catalysis in the chemistry department will be given.
Instructor(s): Jan (Fredrik) Haeffner
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13