Workshop Details
Activation of Small Molecules
06/21/2016 - 06/25/2016
Meeting Description:

The binding and cleavage (referred to as activation) of small molecules (e.g., O2, N2, H2, and CO2) is an area of science that spans disciplines ranging from synthetic chemistry to computational physics, and has immense societal benefits that include improving human health and developing a more sustainable energy future. Although these molecules are some of the simplest known, they contain strong bonds and are thus inherently stable compounds. Their activation is now known to require the orchestrated movement of protons and electrons that often involve molecular catalysts containing transition metal ions. Both synthetic and biological (that is, metalloproteins) systems are known and the emerging picture is that the structure of the molecular catalyst is crucial for function. What are lacking are the key structure-function relationships that are required to optimize systems to be both efficient and durable. Moreover, essential mechanistic details, such as the identity of important intermediates, are still missing but are needed in order to improve each activation process.
This Workshop will bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines to discuss and share information on the activation of small molecules by molecular species. The goal is to provide a venue to describe and discuss the most current ideas, trends, and results in the field of O2, N2, H2, and CO2 activation from synthetic, biological, and biophysics perspectives. Potential participants are known or emerging researchers who have demonstrated significant contributions to the field. Each person studies molecular complexes that activate small molecules and will provide important viewpoints on how these processes occur. It is anticipated that discussions at the Workshop will identify fundamental principles that are common to these activation processes.


The registration fee includes breakfast each day of the workshop, a picnic dinner on Wednesday night, and a workshop group dinner at Rustico Restaurant in Telluride.

If you are interested in attending a meeting, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer about availability before registering. Most TSRC meetings are very small, typically only about 25 people.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Elementary School
447 West Columbia Ave Telluride, CO 81435

Activation of Small Molecules Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Abu-Omar, Mahdi Purdue University
Berreau, Lisa Utah State University
Borovik, Andy University of California-Irvine
Evans, William Univ of Calif, Irvine
Figueroa, Joshua University of California, San Diego
Fout, Alison University of Illinois Urbana Chmapign
Goldberg, David Johns Hopkins University
Holland, Patrick Yale University
Itoh, Shinobu Osaka University
Kovacs, Julia University of Washington
Limberg, Christian Humboldt-Universit�t zu Berlin
Lu, Connie University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Meyer, Franc Georg-August-University G�ttingen
Murray, Leslie University of Florida
Riordan, Charles University of Delaware
Siewert, Inke Georg-August-University Goettingen
Stack, Dan Stanford University
Szymczak, Nathaniel University of Michigan
Theopold, Klaus University of Delaware
Tolman, William University of Minnesota
Tonks, Ian University of Minnesota
Walton, Paul University of York
Warren, Timothy Georgetown University

Telluride Science Research Center
Post Office Box 2429, Telluride CO 81435
Tel: + 970.708.4426
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