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Winner of the IUPAC Prize
for Young Chemists - 2010

 

Jason Michael Spruell wins one of the five IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists, for his Ph.D. thesis work entitled "The Application of Copper-Catalyzed Reactions for the Efficient Synthesis of Donor-Acceptor Mechanically Interlocked Molecules as well as for Nanoscale Surface Patterning".

current address(at time of application)

Email: jspruell@mrl.ucsb.edu

Academic degrees
  • Northwestern University, 2009, Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • University of Califonia, Los Angeles, 2008, M.S. in Chemistry
Ph.D. Thesis

Title The Application of Copper-Catalyzed Reactions for the Efficient Synthesis of Donor-Acceptor Mechanically Interlocked Molecules as well as for Nanoscale Surface Patterning

Adviser Sir J. Fraser Stoddart

Essay

The union of covalent and noncovalent chemistries manifested in the mechanical bond has been one of the great chemical triumphs of the last half century.1 Catenanes and rotaxanes – representing the most basic of mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) – belong to a larger class of iconic topologies (Figure 1) studied for their aesthetic beauty long before their realization within chemical structures. Advances in synthesis have always resulted in the emergence of new chemical concepts as well as functionality. This adage is especially true in the realm of MIMs, wherein two or more molecular units are integrally joined together but in such away as to maintain much of their conformational independence. This high level of geometrical freedom, when controlled through .....[full text; pdf file - 839 KB]

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