Welcome to the Golden Gate Polymer Forum

The GGPF is a non-profit educational and scientific organization
dedicated to the study of polymeric materials and devices.

Our participants are individuals working in both industry and academia in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We sponsor monthly polymer forums, occasional symposiums or short-courses, and an email distribution list.  All interested in the study of polymers are welcome to attend.


Design and Application of Selective Olefin Metathesis Catalysts and Chemistry-Driven Innovations in Healthcare (Grubbs, CalTech)

“Design and Application of Selective Olefin Metathesis Catalysts and Chemistry-Driven Innovations in Healthcare”

Prof. Robert Grubbs
Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology

A joint event of the Golden Gate Polymer Forum and the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the American Chemical Society


Olefin metathesis is a basic carbon-carbon bond formation technique in the synthesis of polymers, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals. Professor Grubbs' research group has been instrumental in developing a family of ruthenium catalysts for olefin metathesis, including one named including 'Grubbs' catalyst'. Their studies have included olefin transformations for ring-closing metathesis (RCM), cross-metathesis, and ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) with cyclic olefins. They have also contributed to the development of "living polymerization" in which a polymer will continue to replicate until a quenching agent is presented. Olefin metathesis is recognized as a step forward for 'green chemistry' - chemical processes that are more efficient and generate fewer hazardous wastes. The approach requires less starting material and less energy, and generates less waste and fewer byproducts.

The diverse nature of chemistry allows us to develop new ways of treating disease that don't involve pharmaceuticals. Simple materials chemistry is made possible by recent developments in synthetic strategies and techniques. For example, with novel materials chemistry, we have developed light adjustable intraocular lenses. New chemistry technologies will greatly impact healthcare costs by introducing alternatives to long-term treatment.

Speaker Background
Robert H. Grubbs is currently the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, where he has been a faculty member since 1978. Before moving to Caltech, Bob was at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan from 1969 to 1978, where he achieved the rank of Associate Professor. In 2005, Bob was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (with R. R. Schrock and Y. Chauvin) for his contributions to the field of olefin metathesis


Thurssday, June 21, 2018


Michael’s at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA



6 PM social hour
7 PM dinner
8 PM lecture


Employed/postdoc Student/unemployed/retired
Early Registration  $30 $15
Registration $35 $20
Walk-in (not guaranteed) $40 $25

Lecture-only is free.



We accept cash or checks at the door, or online payment via credit card. No-shows are responsible for full payment of registration fee.


Please register below or contact:

Len Radzilowski
email: lradzilo@te.com
phone: 650-361-3264

Deadline for registration:

5:00PM, Wednesday, June 20 for regular registration.

Dinner Selection:

Seafood - Broiled salmon with lemon beurre blanc
Chicken - Chicken marsala
Vegetarian - Penne pasta with grilled zucchini and mozzarella

You should receive confirmation of your registration; if not, please contact us again.

Price: $35.00

Date: June 21, 2018

Michael's at Shoreline
Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park
Mountain View, CA
94043 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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