2023 Job Lecture Series: Scientific lecture #2 by Prof. Kenichiro Itami
Thursday, July 13, 1-2 p.m.
Catalyst-enabled Molecular Nanocarbon Synthesis and Nanocarbon Biology
Molecular nanocarbons including nanographenes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are among the most important classes of compounds, with potential applications in nearly all areas of science and technology. Typically, molecular nanocarbons are structurally simple assemblies of benzene-based hexagons and one can imaginarily build up a range of structures with ease and the theoretically possible number of molecular nanocarbon structures (planar and nonplanar) is extraordinary. However, most of these molecules remain synthetically out of reach due to a lack of synthetic methods, and their potentially huge structure-property diversity has not been fully exploited. The first half of this lecture will highlight our programmable, diversity-oriented and growth-from-template synthesis methods for nanographenes based on the annulative π-extension (APEX) concept. These methods allow accessing a range of previously untapped planar and nonplanar molecular nanocarbons. In the second half of the lecture, I will introduce our exciting new endeavor trying to develop game-changing molecules for nanocarbon-based chemical biology and explore a new field of molecular nanocarbon biology.
Presented by Department of Chemistry