Seminar Series:
Prof. Tobin MarksNorthwestern University
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 11:00am
Chemistry, Room 400 - R. Bruce King Lecture

When chemisorbed upon various metal oxide surfaces, the reactivity of many types of organometallic molecules is dramatically enhanced.  High activities for a variety of catalytic hydrocarbon reactions are illustrative consequences of this altered reactivity.  This lecture focuses on intricate non-covalent and covalent multi-center interactions that modulate these catalytic processes, focusing primarily on olefin polymerization.  Specific interrelated topics include: 1) The catalytic chemistry of group 4 catalysts anchored on/activated by oxide surfaces vis-à-vis that in homogeneous solution, 2) Catalytic chemistry and cooperativity effects in homobinuclear group 4 catalysts in homogeneous solution, 3) Catalytic chemistry and cooperativity effects in heterobinuclear groups 4, 6, and 10 catalysts in homogeneous solution, 4) Definitive structural characterization of these catalysts on “super-acidic” surfaces and implications for next-generation homogeneous catalyst design.


Selected References

[1] McInnis, J.P.; Delferro, M.; Marks, T.J.; Accts. Chem. Res., 2014, 47, 2545–2557.

[2] Liu, S.; Motta, A.; Mouat, A.R.; Delferro, M.; Marks, T.J J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 10460–


[3] Stephenson, C.J.; McInnis, J.P.; Chen, C.; Weberski, M.P.; Motta, A.; Delferro, M.; Marks, T.J.

ACS Catalysis, 2014, 4, 999-1004.

[4]Williams, L.A.; Guo, N.; Motta, A.; Delferro, M.; Fragala, I.L.; Miller, J.T.; Marks, T.J.

    PNAS, 2013, 110, 413-418.

[5] Liu, S.; Motta, A.; Delferro, M.; Marks. T.J. Synthesis,  J.Am. Chem. Soc, 2013, 135 , 8830–8833.

[6] Wegener, S.L.; Marks, T.J.; Stair, P.C. Accts. Chem. Res., 2012, 45, 206-214.

[7] Delferro, M.; Marks, T.J., Chem. Rev. 2011, 111, 2450–2485.

[8] Williams, L.A.; Marks, T.J. ACS Catalysis, 2011, 1, 238–245.

[9] Williams, L.A.; Marks, T.J., Organometallics, 2009, 28, 2053-2061.

[10] Motta, A.; Fragalá, I.L.; Marks, T.J., J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 3974-3984.

[11] Amin, S.B.; Marks, T.J., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2008, 47, 2006-2025.

[12] Motta, A; Fragalá, I.L.; Marks, T.J., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 16533-16546.