Events

Apr 25

The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture in Chemistry

Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:30 p.m. Olin 149 "Green Chmeistry and Catalysts"

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
7:30 pm

The Carleton Chemistry Department is very pleased to welcome Prof. Robert Grubbs from the California Institute of Technology as our 2013 Mohrig Lecturer in Chemistry.  Prof. Grubbs won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005 and is a leader in “green chemistry” and development of new catalysts and processes that are both useful and environmentally friendly, and he will deliver a lecture on this topic on Thursday, April 25 (see abstract below).  We hope you will be able to attend!  Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture in Chemistry

Thursday, April 25, 2013
7:30 p.m.

Olin 149

Robert H. Grubbs
Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology

“Green Chemistry and Catalysis”

Much of the chemical industry is based on processes that were developed decades ago.  The change in the cost of petroleum carbon and energy sources and the need to control emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants will change the rules of the industry.  As the rules change new processes will be required.  Catalytic processes provide Green routes to many old and new chemicals and open new sources of carbon.  We will use examples from our work on olefin metathesis to give examples of how catalysis can be used to meet the challenges imposed by the changing conditions.

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