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Tue, Mar 26


Gannon Univ, Zurn Science Center, Rm 439

Spring Speaker Meeting: Dr. Aaron Fields-Forbes

Join the Erie ACS for an exploration of how synthetic and computational methodologies can come together in impactful undergraduate research experiences!

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Spring Speaker Meeting: Dr. Aaron Fields-Forbes
Spring Speaker Meeting: Dr. Aaron Fields-Forbes

Time & Location

Mar 26, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Gannon Univ, Zurn Science Center, Rm 439, 143 W 7th St, Erie, PA 16501


About the event

Utilizing a background steeped in both Synthetic and Computational Methodology to provide an eclectic Experience for Undergraduate Research

Dr. Aaron Fields-Forbes, Assistant Professor of Chemsitry and Biochemistry, Gannon University


Asymmetric catalysis is fundamentally important in the creation of molecules that contain chiral centers, which is the case for many biologically active molecules.  The process for choosing an appropriate chiral ligand and metal catalyst to confer high enantioselectivity for a desired stereospecific transformation is mainly accomplished through very expensive throughput experimental methods.  The expense can be dramatically reduced with the use of computational methods that can predict subsets of ligands that will induce high selectivity. This is fertile ground for undergraduate research at a liberal arts institution.  A combination of a theoretical approach (utilizing TS‡ theory) and an experimental approach (through synthetic validation of computational models), provides a rich research environment that reinforces mechanistic understanding while also providing an avenue for honing practical lab skills.

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