September 2021 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting

Designing Ligands: Imparting Electronic and Steric Control at Transition Metal Centers

Featuring Dr. Kensha Clark,
Assistant Professor, University of Memphis

Tuesday, September 21st 

Dinner @ 6:00 pm, Presentation @ 7:00 pm

Join Virtually via Zoom (Meeting ID TBA)
–or–
Attend Live at Union University Carl Grant Center, Salon II
Jackson, TN 38305

Dinner: Garden Salad, Chicken Marsala, Grilled Pork Tenderloin,
Au Gratin Potatoes, Sauteed Green Beans,
Chocolate Explosion w/ ice cream

Dinner Price is $10 (Students $5)

Abstract:  The selection of task-appropriate ligands to support transition metal centers is the first, imperative step towards exacting targeted behavior from molecular transition metal complexes. In our research, ligands are used to impart unique electronic properties or to provide steric control at metal ions, that can be exploited for materials and catalysis applications. In this talk, our approach to ligand design will be discussed in the context of electronic and magnetic molecule synthesis, as well as its application to sustainable catalysis.

Bio: Dr. Clark received her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2002 and began M.S. work in the same department in 2003. During this time, she performed inorganic chemistry research under the guidance of Dr. Lisheng Cai and Prof. John Morrison. From UIC, she began her PhD at the University of California, Irvine working with Prof. Alan Heyduk exploring redox active ligands. During her graduate studies, Dr. Clark was awarded a fellowship by the American-Scandinavian Foundation as a fellow to Denmark where she spent nearly a year in the lab of Prof. Jesper Bendix at the University of Copenhagen. After finishing her PhD in 2010, she began work as an NIH postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Prof. Amir Hoveyda. At the end of 2011, Dr. Clark started her research career as an industrial chemist at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP in the Polyolefins Catalyst and Product Development group. During her 5.5 years at Chevron-Phillips, she was awarded 18 US and international patents. She began as an assistant Professor at the University of Memphis in 2017. Her research uses ligand electronic behavior and/or architecture to control behavior at transition metal centers.

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