New Publication From The Jäkle Group

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Professors Frieder Jäkle and Roger Lalancette teamed up with postdoc Fernando Vidal and LSAMP student John Gomezcoello to study Lewis pairs as dynamic crosslinks in polymer networks. Their results, recently published in JACS (link:, demonstrate that the manipulation of the binding strength between arylborane Lewis acids and amine Lewis bases dramatically impacts the mechanical properties of the networks and offers opportunities for applications as self-healing materials and reprocessable elastomers.


Physical Chemistry Faculty Position

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The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in the area of Experimental Physical Chemistry to start September 2020. Full details of the position and how to apply can be found at the Rutgers Employment Site.


New Book: Amide Bond Activation

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Michal Szostak has edited a new book in which experts in the field describe key advances in amide bond activation processes. These methods deliver valuable insights into functional group interconversion and the functionalization of amides on a fundamental level. The book is available free-of-charge at Amide Bond Activation Book.

Mikhail Solovyev Wins a DOE Science Graduate Student Research Award

Mikhail Solovyev Wins a DOE Science Graduate Student Research Award

Ph.D. student Mikhail Solovyev, a senior member of the Lockard group, won a Department of Energy award to support his electrocatalysis studies at the Argonne National Lab. The aim of his project is to gain molecular-level insights into mechanisms of hydrogen evolution reactions and carbon dioxide reductions catalyzed by porous hybrid materials. Read more about the award and the research in this recent story.

Award Competition: Herbert C. Cheung Scholarships, Anna and Bernard Senkowski Scholarships

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Each spring, the Chemistry Department runs an award competition open to all chemistry majors currently enrolled at Rutgers-Newark. To be eligible, a student must be a declared chemistry major by April 25 of this year. Award winners are selected based upon the evaluation of grade-point average, financial need, and two letters of recommendation. To be considered, students should go to the SASN Scholarship portal and submit an application by April 26, 2019.

Demyan Prokopchuk Joins the Department of Chemistry in January 2019

Demyan Prokopchuk

In January, Demyan Prokopchuk began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. His research interest involve inorganic and organometallic chemistry, focusing on catalysis and renewable energy using abundant transition metals. Specific projects feature synthesis, ligand design, catalysis, bond activation, mechanistic studies, and structural analysis.

Chemistry Graduate Open House on November 2, 2018

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The Rutgers-Newark Graduate Chemistry Club will host its annual open house on Friday, November 2 (5:00pm - 7:30pm). Prospective M.S. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to attend. The program includes short presentations about specific research opportunities, a poster session, and a tour of the facilities used by the Department of Chemistry. For additional details, please see this flyer.

New Environment-Friendly Routes to Amides from the Szostak Group

New Environment-Friendly Routes to Amides from the Szostak Group

Guanchen Lin and Michal Szostak have developed new methods for the direct conversion of esters to amides and for transamidation reactions of amides. These new protocols for amide synthesis are highly selective, remarkably mild, and require no transition-metal catalysts. Their Nature Communications article includes more than 75 demonstrated reactions spanning a broad range of substrates, along with mechanistic studies.

Student Report to Published Review: Conversion of Carboxylic Acids to High-Value Olefins

Student Report to Published Review: Conversion of Carboxylic Acids to High-Value Olefins

Graduate Student Xu Zhang's extensive report for Dr. Szostak's Topics in Organometallic Chemistry course served as the essential basis for a review article published in Organic Chemistry Frontiers. The work recounts and analyzes the recent surge in transition-metal catalyzed decarbonylation reactions to produce linear α-olefins with high yields and good selectivity from bio-renewable carboxylic acids.

Diferrocenyl-Hg-Bridged Diphosphine: A Chiral, Ambiphilic, and Redox-Active Bidentate Ligand

Diferrocenyl-Hg-Bridged Diphosphine: A Chiral, Ambiphilic, and Redox-Active Bidentate Ligand

Alain C. Tagne Kuate, Roger Lalancette, Thomas Bannenberg (University of Braunschweig), and Frieder Jäkle teamed up to prepare a new transition metal ligand with unprecedented bonding features, leading to a variety of useful properties. The announcement of their communication closely coincides with a milestone in Prof. Jäkle's Angewandte Chemie publication record, captured in a revealing author profile.

N-Acyl-Glutaramides: New, Versatile Cross-Coupling Agents

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Guangrong Meng and Michal Szostak have published a fascinating account of the recent surge in interest surrounding the use of N-acyl-glutaramides in a broad range of cross-coupling reaction types. Their comprehensive review, featured on the cover of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry, describes the mechanistic rationale, synthetic utility, and computational aspects of this N-acyl-glutaramide reactivity.

2018 Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor-Accepter Interactions

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Elena Galoppini (Rutgers-Newark) and David Beratan (Duke) are co-chairing the next GRC Electron Donor-Acceptor Conference. Running from August 5-10, the meeting will be held at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. This year, the conference topic is Electron Flow: From the Molecular to the Global Scale. Applications to attend the meeting should be submitted well before the posted July 8 deadline.