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Centennial Lecture Series: David MacMillan, Ph.D., Princeton U., Nobel Laureate

February 16 @ 10:30 am - 4:15 pm EST


Join the Rowan University community for a discussion with Nobel Laureate Dr. David MacMillan, who was honored in 2021 for his revolutionary work in synthetic organic chemistry, impacting scientific research and everyday society.

In his first lecture, “The Path to Invention and Discovery in Catalysis,” the Princeton University professor will discuss a new class of reactions in chemistry called asymmetric organocatalysis. Made from organic, carbon-based molecules, organocatalysts are biodegradable and benign, making them safer and cheaper to use than most traditional metal catalysts. They are used in the production of new drugs and materials.

His second lecture, “The Development of Asymmetric Organocatalysis and Metallaphotoredox,” will highlight why organocatalysis has become so important in modern synthetic chemistry. He will also discuss cutting-edge applications of visible light photocatalysis, harnessing light energy to do chemistry for the invention of new organic chemistry reactions.

Sponsored by Rowan University and the College of Science & Mathematics, this in-person-only event is free and open to the public.

Date: Friday, February 16
Seminar One: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Seminar Two: 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Location: Chamberlain Student Center, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey.

For more information and to register, visit go.rowan.edu/macmillan

Questions about these lectures can be directed to [email protected].


February 16
10:30 am - 4:15 pm EST


Rowan University – Chamberlain Student Center
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, 08028
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