Garland Lecture looks at synthesis of new plastics
The 39th Annual Fred M. Garland Memorial Lecture will be hosted by the chemistry department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in room 251 of Nierman Science Hall. This year’s speaker is Dr. Maurice Brookhart, William R. Kenan Jr., professor of chemistry at University of North Carolina. He will talk about Invention of Catalysts for Synthesis of New Plastics.
The lecture will highlight the development of new late transition metal catalysts for olefin polymerization based on the application of fundamental mechanistic principles. The major focus of the discussion will be the catalytic synthesis of polyethylene.
About Dr. Maurice Brookhart
Dr. Maurice Brookhart grew up in the mountains of Western Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he received a degree in chemistry. He carried out his doctoral work in physical organic chemistry at UCLA under the direction of Saul Winstein. After completing his doctorate, he spent six months as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at UCLA with Winstein and Frank Anet, followed by a year of study at Southampton University as a NATO postdoctoral fellow.
Brookhart joined the University of North Carolina faculty in 1969 and retired as a William R. Kenan Jr. professor of chemistry in 2014. In 2015, he joined the faculty at University of Houston to conduct joint research with Professor Olafs Daugulis.
Brookhart has spent research leaves in Rennes, Oxford, Berkeley, Seville and Marburg and at the Max Planck Institute in Muelheim. He has served as associate editor of Organometallics and received the American Chemical Society awards in organometallic chemistry, polymer chemistry and the Somerjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and received the North Carolina Award in Science and the Willard Gibbs Medal.