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This lecture will emphasize a reactivity driven approach to development of electrophilic catalysts for addition, rearrangement, cycloaddition and coupling reactions of C-C multiple bonds. More specifically, the application of cationic gold(I) complexes, chiral counterions and chiral acids. in enantioselective transformations initiated by π-activation will be discussed. Particular attention will be devoted to the mechanistic hypotheses that form the basis for catalyst discovery and the development of new reactions.
Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Dean was born in 1971 in Tercelra, Azores, Portugal, but soon moved to Canada. While at the University of Toronto, he majored in Chemistry and Biochemistry and went on to obtain a M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry. He then pursued his Ph.D. with Barry Trost at Stanford and a post-doctoral appointment with Robert Grubbs at Caltech. Dean is currently a Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley.