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UTSA to host international chemistry symposium

UTSA to host international chemistry symposium

Michael P. Doyle is one of the founders of the consortium that organizes the international symposium.

JANUARY 28, 2020 — The UTSA Department of Chemistry will host the third International Symposium on Carbene and Nitrene Chemistry from Feb. 5 to 7 at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio’s Alamo Plaza. This will mark the very first time the biennial symposium has been held in North America.

The inaugural event took place at the University of Hong Kong in 2016 and the second symposium was hosted by Peking University in China in 2018.

The symposium is the creation of the Metal-Carbene Consortium, which was established in 2015 to bring together world leaders versed in the rapidly evolving scientific applications of catalysis, drug design, materials development, and biological uses. The consortium and its flagship event encourage research, foster collaborations, and publicize new developments in metal carbene chemistry and related areas internationally.


“Dr. Doyle has organized this symposium to advance the global discussion of the progress and potential of this important type of chemistry. It is inspiring that UTSA is hosting it.”

WALDEMAR GORSKI, Chair of the Department of Chemistry



“This area of science has emerged as one of the most exciting scientific developments for the selective construction of molecules and the development of highly selective catalysts—and UTSA is a center for these discoveries,” said Michael P. Doyle, Rita and John Feik Distinguished University Chair in medicinal chemistry at UTSA and one of the founders of the Metal-Carbene Consortium. Doyle was recently awarded the 2020 International Precious Metals Institute’s Henry J. Albert Award for his pioneering work with rhodium catalyst reactions. 

The San Antonio symposium will feature lectures by prolific carbene and nitrene chemistry researchers from universities around the world, as well as poster sessions for contributing presentations. Lecturers include members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Irish Academy of Sciences, and French Académie des Sciences, in addition to the president of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, and Doug Frantz, UTSA’s Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Lecturers from nine U.S. states, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, and Poland will also give presentations during the three-day event.

“Dr. Doyle has organized this symposium to advance the global discussion of the progress and potential of this important type of chemistry,” said Waldemar Gorski, chair of UTSA’s Department of Chemistry. “It is inspiring that UTSA is hosting it.”

Topics that will be covered at the symposium include catalytic reactions of metal carbenes and nitrenes and their applications, novel ways to generate carbenes and nitrenes, carbenes as catalysts, and theoretical implications for carbene and nitrene reactions. Attendees will also discuss applications in biology and medicine, materials development, mechanistic understanding, and late-stage functionalization.

Visit the Metal-Carbene Consortium website to register for the event and learn more about the program.

Lauren Moriarty and Shea Conner


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