The Robbins Lecture Series

The Pomona College Chemistry Department Presents the 59th Robbins Lecture Series

February 27-March 2, 2023

Melanie Sanford
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Melanie S. Sanford is currently the Moses Gomberg Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Yale University in 1996, where she carried out undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Robert Crabtree.  She pursued graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology working with Professor Robert Grubbs.  Following postdoctoral work at Princeton University with Professor John Groves, she joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in the summer of 2003 as an assistant professor of chemistry.  She was promoted to associate professor in 2007, to full professor in 2010, to Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry in 2011, and to Moses Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry in 2012.  She has won a number of awards, including the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, the Sackler Prize, the Blavatnik Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the ACS.  Research in the Sanford group aims to develop new chemical reactions that enable the production of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and fuels in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner.  For example, her research focuses on converting simple and readily available starting materials (for example, carbon dioxide, carbon-hydrogen bonds) into much more complex products through the use of transition metal catalysis.

"20 Years of Making Molecules at the University of Michigan"

Monday, February 27, 2023, at 8:00 p.m.
"New Ways to Make Molecules: From Fundamental Science Questions to Real-Life Applications"

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.
"Challenges and Opportunities for (In)organic Chemistry in Grid Scale Energy Storage"

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.
"Organometallic Chemistry of High Valent Palladium and Nickel"

Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.
"Catalytic C-H Functionalization of Organic Synthesis"

The lecture series will be held at:
Seaver North Auditorium
645 N. College Avenue
Claremont, California

(The cross streets are College Avenue & 7th Street)

All lectures are free and open to the public.