On March 8th, Prof Douglas W. Stephan of the University of Toronto visited Nankai as part of the “Nankai University 100th Anniversary Lecture Series”. Prof. Stephan is a fellow of the Royal Society UK and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He delivered a speech entitled “Expanding the FLP Reactivity Paradigm” at the Shixian Building of the SKLEOC.
During his lecture, Prof. Stephan first introduced the process of raising the concept of “Frustrated Lewis Pairs”, and then discussed the recent achievements in the field of FLP. These major achievements included FLP mediated reductions, small molecule activations and related mechanistic studies. He continued to demonstrate his group’s recent developments of novel FLP catalysis, and gave further insight into the future of FLP chemistry. Prof. Stephan wondrously told his tale, and had further interactions with the audience afterwards.
Prof. Stephan was the first to report an “FLP” compound and brought about the idea FLP. He was invited for multiple reviews published on Science, J. Am. Chem. Soc. and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. He currently holds 90 patents and 470 publications with over 27000 citations (H-index=83). Prof. Stephan is currently the Editor in-Chief of the RSC journal Chemical Society Reviews (IF=40.182).
On the same day Prof. Stephan visited the facilities of the SKLEOC, and had in depth discussions with several faculty members of the institute.
This lecture is part of the activities of the “100
th Nankai University Anniversary Lecture Series”. These activities are sponsored by the Nankai 100
th Anniversary Office and the Nankai Office of Academic Research, while organized by the SKLEOC.