Workshop Details
Activation of Small Molecules
06/25/2024 - 06/29/2024
Meeting Description:

The binding and cleavage (referred to as activation) of small molecules (e.g., O2, N2, H2, and CO2) is an area of science that spans disciplines ranging from synthetic chemistry to computational physics, and has immense societal benefits that include improving human health and developing a more sustainable energy future. Although these molecules are some of the simplest known, they contain strong bonds and are thus inherently stable compounds. Their activation is now known to require the orchestrated movement of protons and electrons that often involve molecular catalysts containing transition metal ions. Both synthetic and biological (that is, metalloproteins) systems are known and the emerging picture is that the structure of the molecular catalyst is crucial for function. What are lacking are the key structure-function relationships that are required to optimize systems to be both efficient and durable. Moreover, essential mechanistic details, such as the identity of important intermediates, are still missing but are needed in order to improve each activation process.
This Workshop will bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines to discuss and share information on the activation of small molecules by molecular species. The goal is to provide a venue to describe and discuss the most current ideas, trends, and results in the field of O2, N2, H2, and CO2 activation from synthetic, biological, and biophysics perspectives. Potential participants are known or emerging researchers who have demonstrated significant contributions to the field. Each person studies molecular complexes that activate small molecules and will provide important viewpoints on how these processes occur. It is anticipated that discussions at the Workshop will identify fundamental principles that are common to these activation processes.


IMPORTANT: Participants should be aware that this workshop runs Tuesday through Saturday. Discounted lodging rates begin on Monday, June 24th. If you are planning to arrive on Sunday, you can stay at the Hampton Inn (970-547-4120) next to the airport and come up to Telluride first thing on Monday. You will receive a discount at the Hampton Inn by saying you are a TSRC scientist.

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Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
721 W Colorado Ave Telluride, CO 81435
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Meeting Details:

Workshop Price: $ 474.00
Early Bird Lodging Discount Available Until: 01/31/2024

A $100.00 discount is applied to your lodging cost when you register before 01/31/2024.

Cancellation Policy: Once a credit card has been charged, cancelled registrations will be subject to a cancellation fee. Registration fees will be automatically processed once registration is complete. A $25 cancellation fee will be retained from a registration refund. Lodging fee payments will be processed 60 days prior to arrival, and a $100 cancellation fee will apply if cancellations occur after a lodging fee payment is completed. Telluride Science can only guarantee a refund for the remaining lodging fees if requested prior to the cancellation deadline that is specific to each lodging provider. Telluride Science recommends that participants purchase travel insurance to protect against unforeseen, last-minute travel plan changes.

Activation of Small Molecules Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Anderson, John S. University of Chicago
Blacquiere, Johanna Western University
Clark, Kensha Marie University of Mississippi
Drover, Marcus Western University
Johnson, Samantha Pacific Northwest National Lab
Kuo, Jonathan The Pennsylvania State University
Lacy, David University at Buffalo
Léonard, Nadia University of California Santa Barbara
Mankad, Neal University of Illinois Chicago
Nandy, Aditya University of Chicago
Nichols, Eva University of British Columbia
Nielsen, Robert UC Irvine
Piers, Warren University of Calgary
Shafaat, Hannah University of California, Los Angeles
Suess, Daniel MIT
Thomas, Christine The Ohio State University
Yang, Jenny University of California, Irvine
Zhang, Shiyu The Ohio State University

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