Engle Lab paintball outing

Everyone took a break Saturday to play paintball before visiting undergraduate Denise returned to Munich to finish her final semester.  Although Zhen’s lab coat protects him from chemicals in the lab, it didn’t help from having paintballs fly at him in the arena.  Thanks to all the members who came out and good luck to Denise in her future chemistry career!

New Class of Tridentate Directing Groups

In a communication appearing online today in J. Am. Chem. Soc., the Engle lab and Liu lab (U Pittsburgh) describe a new family of removable tridentate directing groups that enable regiocontrol in nucleopalladation, stabilizing otherwise elusive 6-membered palladacycles. Congrats to the whole team: Miriam, Rei, Josh, John, and De-Wei from Scripps; and Yanyan and Gang from Pitt. Special shout out to undergraduate co-author Josh Turnbull, who made several key contributions and has recently started in the PhD program at UC Berkeley. Thanks to the Liu lab for another great collaboration! Way to go, everyone! Click here for a link to the paper.


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(not pictured: John, Josh, and Gang)