Schedule 2024

Monday, October 21, 2024

Introductory Remarks & Conference Introduction

8:30 AM

Introductory Remarks

Frederick W. Brazelton, Chair of the Welch Foundation Board of Directors


8:35 AM

Conference Introduction

Melanie S. Sanford, University of Michigan, Conference Chair


Session I - Asymmetric Catalysis and Modeling

8:40 AM

Osvaldo Gutierrez

Texas A&M University
Session Leader

8:50 AM

Asymmetric Catalysis in Complex Molecular Environments

Scott J. Miller, Yale University

9:40 AM

Enabling Chemical Synthesis via Machine Learning

Abigail G. Doyle, University of California, Los Angeles

10:40 AM

Developing Data Science Tools for Organic Reaction Development

Matthew S. Sigman, University of Utah

Keynote Speaker

12:00 PM

Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life

Frances H. Arnold, California Institute of Technology

Session II - Organometallic Chemistry and Mechanisms

1:10 PM

Sharon Neufeldt

Montana State University
Session Leader

1:20 PM

Organometallic Complexes and Molecular Oxygen – Developing Mechanistic Understanding

Karen L. Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania

2:10 PM

NMR, Kinetics and Mechanism

Guy Lloyd-Jones, University of Edinburgh

Tuesday, October 22, 2024

Session III - Emerging Modalities and Applications

8:30 AM

Makeda A. Tekle-Smith

Columbia University
Session Leader

8:40 AM

Aerobic Oxidation Reactions with Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts Inspired by Fuel Cells and Energy Conversion

Shannon S. Stahl, University of Wisconsin

9:30 AM

Biocatalysis and Complex Molecule Synthesis

Alison Narayan, University of Michigan

10:30 AM

Leveraging Advances in Catalysis and High Throughput Experimentation to Impact Drug Discovery

Shane W. Krska, Merck Corporation

2024 Welch Award Lecture

11:20 AM



Session IV - Transition Metal Catalysis

1:05 PM

Sophie Rousseaux

University of Toronto
Session Leader

1:15 PM

N-Heterocyclic Carbenes as Ligands for Planar Metal Surfaces and Nanoclusters

Cathy M. Crudden, Queens University

2:15 PM

Late Transition Metal Catalysts for Valorization of Unutilized Carbon Resources

Kyoko Nozaki, University of Tokyo

3:05 PM

Catalytic Processes for Carbon-Heteroatom Bond Formation

Stephen L. Buchwald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology