What's New at Smith?
- Congratulations to Szilvia B.Kiss '13 for receiving the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award to present her research from the Shea Lab at the Philadelphia National ACS Meeting in August 2012.
- Congratulations to Elsa Hinds '13 for receiving the ACS Connecticut Valley Section Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to pursue research in the Shea Lab.
- Congratulations to CHM major Anastasia Gant '11, who has just been named a Fulbright Scholar to Peru for 2012-13!
- Catie Blunt is taking a year off to travel before beginning graduate research in chemistry at Caltech.
- Emma Coffin has accepted a position as a high school chemistry teacher at a private high school in Maine.
- Alex Page is conducting research as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico before beginning graduate research next year in chemical oceanography at the Scripps Research institute.
- Sarah Rothstein is working as a research associate at Nalas Engineering in Connecticut.
- Congratulations to our departmental athletes who were selected to the spring NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team - Clark Knight (crew), Kelly Smith (crew), and Megan Januszewski (softball).
What's New in Chemistry?
Homogeneous hydrogenation catalysts for organic transformations are usually transition metal compounds. Recently, however, Dunn et.al. (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 11330–11333) have reported that the phosphorous compound shown in the figure is capable of catalyzing the reaction of azobenzene with ammonia-borane. The active catalyst is formed by a conversion of the P(III) compound to a nearly trigonal bipyramidal dihydrogen P(V) compound (in the figure). A preliminary study of the kinetics of the process indicate a substantial negative entropy of activation, suggesting a bimolecular collision of the P(V) with the azobenzene.
on July 21 2012 06:47:12.