Abstract by Josh Wheeler
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Density Functional Theory Study of Sn(IV) Mediated Benzene C-H Activation
While transition metal complexes are well known for inducing hydrocarbon C-H activation reactions, it remains unknown which p-block, main-group metal complexes can also promote C-H activation. This talk will discuss our use of density functional theory calculations to examine the mechanism of Sn(IV) carboxylate mediated benzene metalation. This reaction provides an opportunity to examine the possibility of mononuclear, dinuclear, and tetranuclear Sn models.