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Reaction Mechanisms Conference

This distinguished conference has held a position of long-standing significance in mechanistic chemistry since its founding sixty-two years ago. The RMC resembles a Gordon Research Conference in both size and format. Discussion and sharing of ideas at the forefront of the field has always been the style. Subjects traditionally include organic, organometallic, inorganic, and biological studies with significant mechanistic implications. The scope has broadened in the past decade; initially the focus was on mechanistic organic chemistry in the traditional sense, with emphasis on the topics and controversies that had great impact on the development of organic chemistry as a whole. The list of the organizers for the early conferences includes the names of many of the founding fathers of modern organic chemistry.

Upcoming Reaction Mechanisms Conference

The 36th Reaction Mechanisms Conference (RMC) will be held June 26-29, 2016 at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.  The RMC has been serving the mechanistic chemistry community for over 60 years, and typically about 150–200 faculty, students, and industrial chemists attend the meeting.  Topics to be covered at RMC 2016 include computational chemistry, mechanisms in synthesis, materials/supramolecular chemistry, photochemistry and reactive intermediates, and biomechanisms.  A list of confirmed speakers is below.

The conference will include scientific poster sessions and also a workshop on best practices to increase diversity and access to the study of chemistry and careers in chemistry.  As in previous years, an important feature of the RMC is participation of undergraduates.  The Theoretically Interesting Molecules (TIM) consortium led by K.C. Russell (Northern Kentucky University) has again been approved for NSF-REU funding.  Part of the undergraduates’ participation is the Undergraduate Context Session, during which the TIM consortium faculty members lead an interactive problem-solving session to further clarify/explain some of the seminar topics presented at the conference. 

As tradition, RMC 2016 will devote an evening session to honor the career and accomplishments of a scientist or scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of mechanistic chemistry.  The RMC 2016 honorees will be Professors Matthew S. Platz and Weston T. Borden.

 The 2016 conference website will be updated in the coming weeks and additional details regarding registration and poster abstract submission will be forthcoming.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Laura Anderson (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Michael Bartberger (Amgen)
  • Wes Borden (University of North Texas)
  • Kay Brummond (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Cynthia Burrows (University. of Utah)
  • Marisa Buzzeo (Barnard College)
  • Barry Carpenter (Cardiff University)
  • Paul Cheong (Oregon State University)
  • Miguel Garcia-Garibay (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Jason Gillmore (Hope College)
  • Elizabeth Habron (College of William and Mary)
  • Rigoberto Hernandez (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Ken Houk (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Malika Jeffries-EL (Boston University)
  • Rebekka Klausen (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Andrei Kutateladze (University of Denver)
  • Michael Lewis (Saint Louis University)
  • Matthew Meyer (University of California, Merced)
  • George Moniz (Biogen)
  • Robert Moss (Rutgers University)
  • Toby Nelson (Oklahoma State University)
  • Matthew Platz (University of Hawaii at Hilo)
  • James Poole (Ball State University)
  • Derek Pratt (University of Ottawa)
  • J. C. (Tito) Scaiano (University of Ottawa)
  • Robert Sheridan (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Uttam Tambar (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
  • Coran Watanabe (Texas A&M University)