Professor Shelley D. Minteer

Professor Shelley D. Minteer
Department of Chemistry

College of Science

University of Utah


"Bioelectrocatalysis for Organic Synthesis"

Over the last decade, electrosynthesis has seen a re-emergence in the field of organic synthesis due to a focus on safety and sustainability. Many organic synthesis reactions require stoichiometric amounts of oxidizing or reducing agents, which frequently have safety and sustainability issues, whereas electrosynthesis utilizes electrical current instead of chemical reagents. However, electrochemistry has been plagued with selectivity issues. This talk will discuss combining biocatalysis with electrochemistry for synthetic organic chemistry applications. The talk will discuss a variety of different strategies for improving the feasibility of bioelectrocatalysis for this application including biphasic electrochemical devices and cofactor regeneration. Finally, the talk will discuss chemical transformations ranging from C-H functionalization to chiral synthesis.

Shelley D. Minteer

Prof. Shelley Minteer is the Dale and Susan Poulter Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry and Associate Chair of Chemistry at the University of Utah. Prof. Minteer is also the director of the NSF Center for Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry. Prof. Minteer’s research focuses on improving the abiotic-biotic interface between biocatalysts and electrode surfaces for enhanced bioelectrocatalysis. These biocatalysts include microbial cells, organelles, redox proteins, and oxidoreductase enzymes. The Minteer group utilizes a variety of electroanalytical techniques (linear polarization, cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, differential pulse amperometry), as well as a variety of biological and spectroscopic techniques to accomplish these goals.

Start date
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, 9:45 a.m.
End date
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, 11 a.m.

331 Smith Hall

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