Friday, November 26, 2021

Announcement: This Saturday at The Science Circle - "Organic Chem Basics" and "Is Nationalism Beneficial"

Organic Chem Basics: Diels-Alder and Similar Reactions

Saturday November 27,

10 AM to 11 AM SL time

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Dr. Benjamin List (Max PLack Institute)  and Dr. David MacMillam (Princeton University) for “the development of asymmetric organocatalysis.” One of the first reactions that they found could be catalyzed by purely organic compounds was the Diels-Alder reaction. The Diels-Alder reaction is a well-known example of a fundamental class of reactions in organic chemistry, and it can proceed unaided, be catalyzed by metal-containing compounds, or most recently catalyzed by purely organic species. We’ll talk about what makes the Diels-Alder reaction special, and how it has been catalyzed in the past, and why the recent Nobel prize is seen as a jump forward.

Dr. Mike Shaw


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"Is Nationalism Beneficial or Dangerous in the Context of Gobalization?"

Saturday November 27,

9 PM to 10 PM SL time

“While globalization will make the world smaller and more accessible, we must continue to appreciate its vibrant diversity.” -Jean-Philippe Courtois


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