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Seminar: McMahon

October 27, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Robert McMahon
Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin

Title:
Mechanistic Organic Chemistry of Relevance to the Interstellar Medium

Abstract:
Our research efforts focus on elucidating the chemistry and spectroscopy of organic species that are postulated to play a role in harsh environments (e.g. combustion, planetary atmospheres, interstellar space). These environments contain a remarkable diversity of organic functionality, including reactive intermediates such as anions, radicals, and carbenes. We have drawn on our knowledge of mechanistic and structural organic chemistry to identify chemically-significant targets for detection and characterization. Many of these investigations are made possible through our ability to prepare specific chemical precursor molecules via synthetic organic chemistry. I will present case studies that exemplify how modern physical-organic chemistry spans the disciplines of organic chemistry, chemical physics, and astronomy.


Tea, coffee, and cookies will be available at 2:45pm.

For remote participation
URL: http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/uhnai_seminar/
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Details

Date:
October 27, 2014
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Venue

Physical Science Building 211
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822 United States