Redesigning Tethered Ruthenium Initiators for Cyclic Polymer Synthesis by Prof. Matthew Golder, University of Washington



Redesigning Tethered Ruthenium Initiators for Cyclic Polymer Synthesis

Prof. Matthew Golder

Dept. of Chemistry,

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Thursday, July 22, Webinar at 6:30 PM Pacific time


Ring-expansion metathesis polymerization (REMP) has shown potential as an efficient strategy to access cyclic macromolecules. Current approaches that utilize cyclic olefin feedstocks suffer from poor functional group tolerance, low initiator stability, and slow reaction kinetics. Improvements to current initiators will address these issues in order to develop more versatile and user-friendly technologies. In this talk, I will discuss our approach that utilizes design features from ubiquitous Grubbs-type initiators, regularly applied in linear polymerizations, for accessing cyclic macromolecules via REMP with drastic improvements in both kinetics and initiator stability.

Speaker Background:

Matt Golder was raised in America's (formerly) largest town, Framingham, MA, before heading to the University of Rochester to earn his BS in Chemistry. While in upstate New York, he conducted organometallic research in Prof. Patrick Holland's lab. He was also a DAAD-RISE Scholar with Prof. Stefan Hecht in Berlin, Germany where he first became interested in organic materials. Matt moved back to Massachusetts in 2010 to begin graduate school at Boston University with Prof. Ramesh Jasti. Later, he moved with the group to the University of Oregon where he obtained his PhD in 2015. During his doctoral studies, Matt's research was focused on the total synthesis and characterization of strained aromatic macrocycles (carbon nanotube fragments). He joined Prof. Jeremiah Johnson's group as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in 2015 to apply his passion for making molecules and materials towards broad problems in polymer chemistry. He began his independent career at the University of Washington Department of Chemistry in Autumn 2019, where his group is interested in new ways to merge physical organic and macromolecular chemistry to tackle diverse challenges across polymeric materials science, energy, and sustainability.

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