Catalysis

Research from the lab of Prof. Justin M. Chalker

Novel palladium catalysts for carbon-carbon bond formation
Carbon-carbon bond formation is a central enterprise in chemical synthesis. In order to streamline this process, our group has a program to develop new reactions and catalysts that facilitate the preparation of pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals, and polymers. In one example, we have discovered a novel palladium catalyst that is remarkably easy to use and forms carbon-carbon bonds in a variety of safe and sustainable solvents. In this way, we can increase the efficiency in which valuable compounds are assembled and minimize impact on the environment. Additionally, this palladium catalyst can be immobilized and used in a flow chemistry and continuous processing. Such technology is used increasingly in chemical industry and our catalyst should prove useful in these efforts.

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