Group News

Congratulations to Dr. Sean McWilliams!

March 2019

Congratulations to Sean McWilliams, who defended his Ph.D. thesis. Sean has been an amazing leader and contributor to the group and department, and we thank him for his years of dedication and fun in the group. Sean will be continuing his academic training this summer in the group of Jillian Dempsey at UNC. We wish Sean the best!

NIH grant funded

February 2019

Our NIH grant proposal on Fe-catalyzed HAT (hydrogen atom transfer) alkene reactions was funded by the NIH. Congratulations to DK, Conner, and Josef, whose hard work and careful editing made the grant proposal great. Onward and upward!

Congratulations to Dr. Dan DeRosha!

January 2019

Congratulations to Dan on the completion of his PhD! Dan has accomplished a wide range of iron and cobalt chemistry in his time with us, and has become one of our most valuable players. Dan will be continuing his academic journey in a postdoctoral position with Jonathan Owen at Columbia later this spring. Great job and best wishes, Dan!

Welcome to new group members

December 2018

Welcome to the three graduate students who have just joined the Holland Group! We are excited to start working with Jessica Armstrong, Reagan Hooper, and Ken Xie in the coming years.

new papers from Sean and Dan

December 2018

Congratulations to Sean McWilliams on his paper in Chemical Communications, which describes an interesting mixed-valence N2 complex of iron and its spectroscopy and magnetism. We also celebrated the appearance of a paper in Chemical Science describing the culmination of many years of work on CO2 activation by a low-coordinate cobalt system. This was started by Malik Al-Afyouni at Rochester, had a lot of computational input from Lisa Roy from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, and was brought to fruition by Dan DeRosha. Thanks to all!

N2 talk is online

October 2018

This past summer, Pat had the opportunity to give an overview of the group’s research on nitrogen activation at the 2018 Blavatnik Science Symposium. A recording of his talk is online at this web page.

Outstanding outreach

September 2018

Congratulations to our outreach team, which is led by Gannon Connor and includes grad students Daniel Kim and Allie Nagelski, and undergraduate students Megan Quimby, Sara Tridenti, Jack Atwater, Tori Hass-Mitchell, and Seungjung Sohn. They have done a lot of development and execution of activities involving gas chromatography for high-school students (at Common Ground High School and in the Pathways to Science programs), showing the students how chemists quantitatively analyze chemicals and sharing the fun of sustainable chemistry. During the Pathways Summer Scholars program, they got the highest rating of any activity, which is appropriate recognition for the careful and thoughtful development that they have accomplished collaboratively. Great job!!!

Farewell to Danny

August 2018

Danny Broere, a postdoc with us for two years, has departed for better things, including his wedding and his new position on the faculty at the University of Utrecht. Thanks for all of your hard work and great ideas, Danny, and we wish you continued success in chemistry and life!

Kaz wins NIH fellowship

August 2018

Congratulations to Kazimer Skubi, who is receiving a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. This is a result of his strong background, his exciting planned work on iron-N2 chemistry, and his very well-written proposal for the research strategy. Great work Kaz, and we look forward to big research success!

Sean's new paper in JACS

June 2018

Congratulations to Sean, whose paper on silylation of an iron(0)-dinitrogen complex has appeared in Journal of the American Chemical Society. This paper represents how Sean overcame a long-standing barrier in our group: finding single-iron complexes of N2 that are reactive. Great work, Sean!

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