Dr. Laurel Schafer

Dr. Schafer is an inorganic chemist from the University of British Colombia. Her research bridges the areas of organometallic and organic chemistry where she prepares discrete early transition metal and lanthanide complexes for use in the atom-economic, catalytic synthesis of amines. In particular, Dr. Schafer is interested in new approaches for the synthesis of chiral ligands for early transition metal and lanthanide complexation suitable for enantioselective transformations. Dr. Schafer received her B.Sc. from the University of Guelph; her Ph.D. from the University of Victoria (D.J. Berg, 1999); and completed a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California – Berkeley (T.D. Tilley, 1999-2001).

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis
Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia



Presentation Abstract
“A Chemistry Career in Catalysis. Adding Value by Making New Bonds Efficiently”

A cyclic and iterative experimental approach in catalysis research has resulted in the development
of a new family of N,O-chelated early-transition-metal catalysts for the atom-economic assembly
of substituted amine products. These amine building blocks can be used to assemble small molecules of biological relevance. Using hydroamination, a C-N bond forming reaction, and hydroaminoalkylation, a C-C bond forming reaction, we have developed new catalytic technologies for the assembly of a variety of small molecules and materials. This talk will address the importance of
defining value and making new bonds, both professionally and personally, to create a rewarding
career in chemistry