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Research Seminar of Prof. Patrick J. Walsh from University of Pennsylvania

Research Seminar of Prof. Patrick J. Walsh from University of Pennsylvania

Lecture Time: 09:30 on 18th January, 2017

Lecture Room: C501 of Science and Innovation Building

Lecture Title: New Polymerization Reactions: Are there Applications to Organic Electronic Materials?


Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
231 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323


We have been interested in the arylation of weakly acidic C–H's catalyzed by heterobimetallic catalysts with palladium and main-group metals (Li, Na, K) under basic conditions. The application of these catalysts to a variety of challenging C–H arylations will be briefly presented. The adaptation of these new reactions to polymerization processes will be outlined The chemistry of sulfenate anions and their application as organocatalysts to prepare alkenes, alkynes, and PPV derivatives will be a second topic of this lecture. The goals of this presentation are: 1) Introduction and demonstration of High-Throughput Experimental techniques for the optimization of polymerization reactions, 2) Identification of possible collaborations at Nanjing Tech for the design of new monomers and characterization of new conjugated polymers.


1986 B.A. University of California, San Diego
1991 Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
1991-1994 The Scripps Research Institute

Professional Experiences
2016-present Honorary Professor, Nanjing Tech
2008-present Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Chemistry
2005-present Professor of Chemistry, U. of Pennsylvania
2002-2005 Associate Prof., U. of Pennsylvania
1999-2002 Assistant Prof., U. of Pennsylvania
1996-1999 Professor, Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana
1994-1999 Assistant Prof., San Diego State University

Research Interests
Patrick J. Walsh received his B.A. from UC San Diego (1986) and Ph.D. in chemistry at UC Berkeley with Prof. Robert G. Bergman (Ph.D., 1991). He was an NSF postdoctoral fellow with Prof. K. B. Sharpless at the Scripps Research Institute. Moving across town from 1994-1999 he was an assistant professor at San Diego State University and also professor at Centro de Graduados e Investigación, Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, Mexico (1996-1999). In 1999 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania where he was promoted to associate professor in 2002, professor in 2005, and to the Alan G. MacDiarmid Professor of Chemistry in 2008. Walsh’s interests are in asymmetric catalysis, development of new synthetic methods, reaction mechanisms, and inorganic synthesis. With Prof. Marisa Kozlowski, Walsh coauthored “Fundamentals of Asymmetric Catalysis” (University Science Books, 2008).

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