43rd BRIC

Please join us for the 43rd Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium (BRIC) meeting!  It will be held at University of Connecticut on June 10th, 2017.  The details of the meeting are listed below.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible to alfredo.angeles-boza”at”uconn.edu.


UCONN Chemistry Building (55 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3060, Storrs CT 06269), Room A120. Click here for directions. You can park in the North Parking Garage.



09:30 am Registration and coffee

09:45 am “Iridium complexes containing rigid, polycyclic, chelating ligands with organic or inorganic backbones”, Dr. Aaron Bloomfield (Yale University)

10:45 am “Quantum Chemical Characterization of Small Molecule Activation by Transition-Metal Complexes” Dr. Zahid Ertem (Brookhaven National Laboratory)

11:45 pm Lunch break

01:30 pm “Anisotropic nanocrystal synthesis, self-assembled superstructures and pressure-induced transformations”, Prof. Ou Chen (Brown University)

02:25 pm “Syn and Anti Isomerism in Acyclic and Cyclic Tungsten Bis-Alkyne Complexes with Applications to Peptide Chemistry”, Prof. Timothy Curran (Trinity College)

03:20 pm Coffee break

03:30 pm “Porous Materials and their Applications” Prof. Steven Suib (University of Connecticut)

04:30pm Concluding Remarks


Prof. Steven Suib (University of Connecticut)

Research Interests: Synthesis by molecular design of environmentally friendly catalysts, surfaces, ceramics, adhesives and other materials. Redox catalytic cycles developed based on changes in oxidation states of these materials. Some of the catalytic reactions include activation of CO2, water splitting, selective oxidation of hydrocarbons, gas oil cracking, Fischer tropsch, biomass conversion, and others.

Dr. Zahid Ertem (Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Research Interests: Computational studies of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis by transition metal based systems. Artificial photosynthesis, water splitting, CO2 reduction, C-H activation.

Prof. Timothy Curran (Trinity College)

Research Interests: Design, synthesis and evaluation of molecules that mimic protein structure.

Prof. Ou Chen (Brown University)

Research Interests: The research interests in Chen group focus on developing a variety of novel materials ranging from nanoscopic to macroscopic scales and characterizing and elucidating their chemical and physical properties for optical, energy, biological and catalysis applications.

Dr. Aaron Bloomfield (Yale University)

Dr. Bloomfield is a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University’s Energy Sciences Institute, working under the direction of Professor Robert Crabtree. He currently synthesizes and evaluates small molecules and materials for applications to energy transformation and storage.



For those interested, we will have poster boards so you can show your science throughout the day. We will have 14 poster boards available. Please, let me know if you will be bringing a poster so I reserve 1 board for you.

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