University of Delaware

"The University of Delaware is exceptionally proud of Prof. Richard F. Heck and his ground-breaking research in the field of chemistry, which has resulted in the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry."

— Patrick Harker,
     University of Delaware President

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Who should attend?

Scientists and engineers; graduate and undergraduate students; and media who cover science and technology.

Who will present?

Leading experts at the frontiers of catalysis. Prof. Heck's fellow Nobel Laureate, Ei-ichi Negishi, will be among our distinguished speakers.

Where will the event be held?

Clayton Hall, on UD's main campus in Newark, Del. Ample parking is available, and the Marriott Courtyard-University Hotel is conveniently located next door.

What is the registration deadline?

Registration is now closed -- we have reached our capacity. We look forward to seeing all registrants at the May 26th event!


Contact the symposium organizers here.


John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center

8:30 a.m. — Registration & Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by the journal ACS Catalysis

9:00 a.m. — Welcome & Introductions

Patrick Harker, President, University of Delaware
Introduction of speakers by Joseph Fox, Associate Professor,
University of Delaware Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

9:15 a.m. — Fun and Games with Cross-Coupling

by Stephen L. Buchwald, Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:00 a.m. — Partnering Aromatic/Heteroaromatic
                           Lithium-Transition Metal Catalyzed Chemistries

  by Victor Snieckus, Bader Chair in Organic Chemistry, Queen's University

1o:45 a.m. — Break

11:00 a.m. — Concepts and Catalysts for Selective Additions to π-bonds

  by Dean Toste, Professor of Chemistry, University of California Berkeley

Noon — Luncheon

Remarks and Sponsor Acknowledgments by Tom Apple,
University of Delaware Provost

Remarks by Steve Prescott, Director of Quality, Ashland Inc.

Remarks by Peter Freeman, Newark Site Leader,
The Dow Chemical Company

1:30 p.m. — High Oxidation State Palladium in Catalysis

by Melanie Sanford, Professor of Chemistry, University of Michigan

2:15 p.m. — Break

2:30 p.m. — Vignettes of Palladium-Catalyzed Reactions in
                         Drug Discovery and Development

by Todd Nelson, Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Merck

3:15 p.m. —The Magical Power of d-Block Transition Metals —
                        Pd-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling and ZACA Reaction

by 2011 Heck Lecturer Ei-Ichi Negishi, Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

4:00 p.m. — Concluding Remarks

by Nobel Laureate Richard Heck and Klaus Theopold, Chair,
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Delaware

4:30 p.m. — Reception & Poster Session

6:00 p.m. — Adjournment


DOW Ashland
Additional Support Provided by DuPont, ACS Catalysis, and Center for Catalytic Science & Technology, Delaware Biotechnology Institute