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Spring’22 Department Seminar Series Continue with Prof. Dr. Süleyman Gülcemal

Dear Colleagues and Students,

You are cordially invited to attend the Bilkent Chemistry Seminar Series organized by the Department of Chemistry.

Title: Iridium-catalyzed hydrogen transfer reactions

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Süleyman Gülcemal

Date : March 29th, 2022, Tuesday
Time : 12.30

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Recently, the use of N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) iridium complexes as catalysts in many organic transformations has increased dramatically. These iridium complexes have great advantages including their remarkable tunable character, the ease of synthesis and the high stability. Among the many catalytic applications of NHC-Ir complexes, hydrogen transfer (HT) reactions have received great attention in the last decade. In this presentation, our latest results on transfer hydrogenation (TH), acceptorless dehydrogenation (AD), the formation of C‒C and C‒N bonds via hydrogen autotransfer (HA), and reductive amination (RA) reactions catalyzed by Ir-NHC complexes will be discussed in detail.


Dr. Toparli received her Bachelors of Science degree in Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering in 2011 from Istanbul Technical University. She pursued her PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Erbe at Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Germany. Her thesis focused on in situ and operando observation of passive film formation on Cu and its breakdown through oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Having been awarded her PhD degree in July 2017, she continued her work in the Interface Spectroscopy group at Max Planck Institute for Iron Research as a postdoctoral researcher for several months.  She joined Prof. Dr. Bilge Yildizs’ and Prof. Dr. Michael Shorts’ group at MIT as a postdoctoral associate in January 2018. Since October 2020, she has been appointed as Assistant Professor in the department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineer at Middle East Technical University. Her current research focusses on the designing oxide materials for electrochemical energy applications.