At the ACS meeting in Boston in August, Tianning Diao, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at New York University, received the 2018 Organometallics Distinguished Author Award, sponsored by the journal and by the ACS Divisions of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry. Professor Diao, a 2017 NSF CAREER Awardee, focuses her research on developing new transition-metal catalysts and studying mechanisms of catalytic reactions. For example, the Diao group's award-winning paper presents the first structural characterization of palladium agostic complexes. These are intermediates in polymerization reactions that have eluded structural characterization and been long sought after by synthetic chemists. This finding offers important insight into chemical bonding.
“Tianning’s combination of catalyst development, mechanistic studies, and applications toward synthesis makes her an outstanding recipient of this honor and highlight the vibrancy and breadth of organometallic chemistry,” said Organometallics Editor-in-Chief Paul J. Chirik, a Chemistry Professor at Princeton University.
In this video, Professor Diao sits down with Professor Chirik to discuss her research and research philosophy.