Undergraduate Research: Contributions To Organometallic Chemistry
This Virtual Issue features 24 organometallic chemistry papers from research groups at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) published in four core journals from 2014-2018: Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and The Journal of Organic Chemistry. The PUI researchers featured here represent a broad spectrum of institutions across the U.S. and Canada, career levels of faculty, and areas of interest. But they all share the common purpose of the pursuit of high-quality research with undergraduates. These reports span the gamut of approaches to organometallic chemistry, ranging from solely computational work to stoichiometric synthetic studies to metal-catalyzed transformations. Topical areas of focus are also incredibly diverse, tapping into coordination chemistry, electrocatalysis/electrochemistry, main-group studies, materials science, and small-molecule activation. It’s clear from these highlighted reports that PUI researchers strive to maintain a presence in emerging frontier areas of organometallic research.
As the guest editors note: "The research featured in this Virtual Issue is a testament to the high-level work that can be performed with undergraduates. …Research for undergraduates is often a transformative experience, providing a natural incubator for the next generation of organometallic chemists."
Please read the full Editorial written by Christopher Bradley and Chip Nataro.