Monthly Archives: November 2015

November Speaker: Rylan Lundgren

November 3 at 6:00 pm we will be hosting Professor Rylan Lundgren of the University of Alberta Department of Chemistry for a talk on his catalysis research. All are welcome to attend the talk. If you’re curious to learn more about Dr. Lundgren’s research, check out his website:

Location: E3-25 Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre, University of Alberta

Date: Tuesday, 03 November 2015

Time: 6:00 pm (refreshments provided)

Title: “New Metal-Mediated Cross-Coupling Reactions: Making Great Reactions Even Better”


Cross-coupling reactions promoted by transition metals are among the most commonly used synthetic transformations by chemists in virtually all subdisciplines. The various flavors of Pd-catalyzed arylation reactions have revolutionized how functional molecules are prepared, even to the point of the fragments derived from these reactions being overexpressed in active pharmaceutical ingredients. The development of Pd-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions received the Nobel Prize in 2010, but there remain many challenges to be addressed and new coupling manifolds to be discovered. This seminar will discuss some of the most pressing challenges and highlight some solutions that we have uncovered.