|The Importance of Questioning Scientific Assumptions: Some Lessons from F Element Chemistry" |
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
|William J. Evans, University of California, Irvine.|
11:00 AM, WL-Aud (Chemistry)
As scientists we know that we should constantly question the assumptions upon which our research is based. We also know that we do not do this often enough. This lecture will serve to remind us not to take the traditional boundaries of any area of chemistry for granted. Recent results in f element chemistry will be presented which show how the "rules" in this area, thought to be true for decades, have been recently overturned. Examples will be presented that challenge previous ideas on topics as fundamental as redox chemistry and bond lengths. Several new ways of doing reductive chemistry will be discussed as well as the synthesis of "long bond organometallics" that have unconventional bond distances and reactivity.