Dr. Barry M. Trost was born in Philadelphia in 1941 and earned his BA in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in Chemistry just three years later at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin for nearly 20 years before moving to Stanford University, where he is currently Tamaki Professor of Humanities and Sciences. His wide-ranging research in organic synthesis is recognized for its extraordinarily novel methodologies. His pioneering work in bond selectivity led to such discoveries as the Trost asymmetric allylic alkylation, Tsuji Trost reaction and the Trost ligand.
Professor Trost's talk, On the Invention of New Synthetic Methods and Their Impact On Synthetic Strategy to Bioactive Targets, will cover novel reactions that are more selective and more atom economic. Ruthenium and palladium catalyzed processes will be explored as more efficient synthetic strategies to complex bioactive natural products.
This Daniel Swern Memorial lecture is held yearly in honor of Daniel Swern, a former professor in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Swern is most well-known for his discovery of the Swern oxidation process. According to faculty member Robert Levis, Dr. Swern's papers still generate close to 200 citations each year.
Photo: Dr. Daniel Swern
John R. Williams
Professor, Department of Chemistry