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Jean and Norman Scowe Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University
"Fun with Fluorine: Taming a Wild Cat"
Thursday, December 13th, 2017
Notre Dame University of Maryland, Fourier Hall Room 103
4701 N Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210
RSVP to Angela Sherman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: As the most electronegative element, fluorine usually gets its way with other atoms, much in the manner a wild cat gets its way with prey. The general belief is that once it's part of a covalent bond, the fluorine atom is satisfied and has a much-diminished desire to interact strongly with other species. Given the immense importance of fluorine to to chemistry in general, and medicinal chemistry in particular, this belief has hindered a deeper understanding and development of fluorine's properties and capabilities.
What would it then take to get fluorine, for example as part of a C-F bond, to do the chemist's bidding and facilitate a more detailed understanding of its interactions with other atoms? One possibility is to capture it within a cage, or else to make it part of the superstructure of the cage itself. This way it can do the chemist's bidding, and the "wild cat" can be tamed. Along the way, remarkable new properties and insights can be used to help design new fluorinated molecules for use in biochemistry, materials, and medicinal chemistry.
When: Wednesday, December 13th 6:00-8:30 pm
Where: Notre Dame of Maryland University, Fourier Hall Room 103
Cost: $20 for members, $10 for students
6:00-6:30 pm – Registration and Wine & Cheese Reception
6:30-7:30 pm - Dinner
7:30-8:15 pm – Talk: “Fun with Fluorine: Taming a Wild Cat”
8:15-8:25 pm – Q & A
8:20-8:30 pm – Award Presentation