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Office: Abbott Hall 224C
Lab: Abbott Hall 411
University of North Dakota
Department of Chemistry
Abbott Hall 236
151 Cornell Street Stop 9024
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9024
Dr. Guodong Du
Associate ProfessorB. S., 1995, Peking University; Ph. D., 2003, Iowa State University; Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2003-2005, Ames Lab and Iowa State University; Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2005-2008, Purdue University.
Catalysis is one of the central themes in chemistry with applications ranging from commodity chemical synthesis, to pharmaceuticals and various enzymes. Understanding how the catalysts work holds key to faster, cleaner, more selective, and more sustainable transformations and processes. Along this line, our research program encompasses a wide range of projects, including design and synthesis of chiral ligands and their metal complexes, application to asymmetric reactions with energy and/or environmental implications, as well as kinetic and mechanistic investigation in small molecule activations.
Specifically, we are interested in developing efficient and selective catalytic systems relevant to energy, environment and sustainability. One of the main current focuses is to produce biodegradable polymers (such as polycarbonates, polylactides, and polyesters, see Scheme) from renewable resources (such as carbon dioxide and biomass) with improved properties using a combination of strategies.
Our research involves a wide variety of areas in chemistry. Students in our group will design, prepare and characterize chiral ligands and metal complexes, generate biodegradable polymers from renewable resources via catalysis, and study the kinetic and mechanisms of reactions of interest, using a range of analytical and spectroscopic techniques such as multinuclear NMR, IR, UV-vis, GC-MS, GPC, as well as electrochemistry and X-ray diffraction.
Zinc-Catalyzed Highly Isoselective Ring Opening Polymerization of rac-Lactide. Abbina, S.; Du, G. ACS Macro Lett. 2014, 3, 689-692. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/mz5002959
Ring Opening Polymerization of rac-Lactide with Aluminum Chiral Anilido-Oxazolinate Complexes. Bian, S.; Abbina, S.; Lu, Z.; Kolodka, E.; Du, G. Organometallics 2014, 33, 2489-2495. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/om401226j
An Efficient Catalyst Based on Manganese Salen for Hydrosilylation of Carbonyl Compounds. Chidara, V. K.; Du, G. Organometallics 2013, 32, 5034-5037. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/om400805v.
Scope and Mechanistic Studies of Hydrosilylation Catalyzed by a High Valent Nitridoruthenium (VI). Abbina, S.; Bian, S.; Oian, C.; Du, G. ACS Catal. 2013, 3, 678-684. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cs3000848h.
Unexpected Formation of Chiral Pincer CNN Nickel Complexes with β-Diketiminato Type Ligands via C-H Activation: Synthesis, Properties, Structures and Computational Studies. Lu, Z.; Abbina, S.; Sabin, J. R.; Nemykin, V. N.; Du, G. Inorg. Chem. 2013 , 52, 1454-1465. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic3021904.
Chiral Amido-Oxazolinate Zinc Complexes for Asymmetric Alternating Copolymerization of CO2 and Cyclohexene Oxide. Abbina, S.; Du, G. Organometallics 2012, 31, 7394–7403. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/om3006992
Modular synthesis of chiral β-diketiminato-type ligands containing 2-oxazoline moiety via Palladium-catalyzed amination. Binda, P. I.; Abbina, S.; Du, G. Synthesis 2011, (16), 2609-2618.