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2017 Fred Pattison Senior Lecturer ~ Michael S. Sherburn

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3M Centre
Room: 3250

Professor Michael S. Sherburn
Research School of Chemistry
Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia


A two-part lecture series

LECTURE I:  Putting the Fun Back Into Fundamental Hydrocarbon Chemistry


The two simplest branched acyclic structures comprising only conjugated C=C units were first reported in 1955 and 1962, respectively. No higher members of the series were described in the literature until we reported them in 2000. Before we prepared them, most “experts” (myself included) considered these structures un-synthesizable. This presentation will describe the modern phase of dendralene–and related p-bond rich hydrocarbon–chemistry.

In this talk I will try to convince you of four things: (a) that you should always have a healthy scepticism for absolute statements regarding what is possible in terms of chemical structure and chemical synthesis; (b) that fundamental hydrocarbon chemistry still has enormous potential for important, original, and wide-reaching discoveries; (c) that at least some of your assumptions about the instability of “polyenes” are wrong, and (d) that p-bond rich olefinic hydrocarbons are, at long last, coming of age.

Department of Chemistry
Michael A. Kerr - Professor
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