Stone Symposium 2018

The Stone Symposium will be May 23rd and 24th at the Baylor Sciences Building in Waco, TX. This will be the 7th annual Stone Symposium and this year’s theme is “Organometallic Chemistry”. Chemists from the geographical region are welcome to attend and there is no registration fee.

The schedule for the symposium is below:

The student poster list can be found here:

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Baylor has been organizing a symposium in honour of the late F. Gordon A. Stone who spent the last 20 years of his career at Baylor leaving a legacy here. The symposium started in 2010 while Prof. Stone was still working at Baylor. Unfortunately he passed away in 2011 and we have made the Symposium an annual event celebrating his achievements and impact on the chemistry community.

For more information on F. G. A. Stone see the links below:

A brief biography on Dr. Stone can be found on the Baylor Chemistry webpage (link)

Organometallics published a commemorative issue in his honor in 2012 (link)


In 1994, the ACS published an autobiography on his career (review link, book link)

We were pleased to have the following speakers join us:

M. Christina White – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Shannon Stahl – University of Wisconsin
Santiago Toledo – St. Edwards University
Jason Dutton – La Trobe University
Michael Nippe – Texas A & M University
David Powers – Texas A & M University
Patrick Farmer – Baylor Unviersity
Michael Findlater – Texas Tech University
LeGrande Slaughter – University of North Texas
Thomas Teets – University of Houston

Keynote Speaker Abstracts:

Molecular Surgery via C—H Oxidation
M. Christina White, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Site-selective, catalytic C—H oxidation reactions for broad use in organic synthesis will be discussed. Catalysts have been developed that enable atomistic changes in complex molecules transforming C(sp3)—H bonds to C(sp3)—O, C(sp3)—N, and C(sp3)—C under preparative conditions with predictable and catalyst-controlled site-selectivities- without the requirement for directing groups. The reactions and quantitative models developed to understand and predict site-selectivities for aliphatic C—H hydroxylations will be discussed. Collectively this understanding has provided fundamental insights into the physical organic properties of C—H bonds that govern their differential reactivity in complex molecules. These reactivity principles have been demonstrated in other C(sp3)—H reactions. The generality of these reactions have led to strategic advances synthesis, most notably the concept of late-stage C—H functionalization.

Aerobic Oxidation Catalysis: From Fundamentals to Applications
Shannon Stahl, University of Wisconsin

Our research is focused on understanding and controlling catalytic reactions with molecular oxygen (O2). O2 is the quintessential oxidant. As the most abundant and environmentally benign oxidant available, it is the oxidant of choice for production of commodity chemicals; however, it is seldom used in process-scale synthesis of fine chemicals, agrochemicals or pharmaceuticals, and it is rarely used in laboratory syntheses of organic molecules. This talk will survey fundamental and practical advances that we have made to address this challenge, including industrial collaborations that have played an important role in this progress.

We are grateful to the following offices/vendors for sponsoring this event and making it possible:

Baylor University – Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Baylor University – Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Baylor University – Office of the Vice-Provost for Research

Fisher Scientific

VWR International

If you have any questions please email the Symposium Organizer, Caleb Martin.