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Friday, October 24, 2014; 3:00 p.m.; LSci 175


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Welcomes:

Dr. Viktor Zhdankin

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Minnesota Duluth



Iodine: The Element of Life

Iodine is a very special element. It is one of the heaviest non-radioactive elements in the Periodic Table classified as a non-metal; however, the chemistry of iodine compounds in many aspects is similar to the chemistry of transition metals. Iodine is the heaviest element essential for life. It is required by higher animals and humans for synthesizing thyroid hormones, which regulate a variety of physiologic processes, including reproductive function, growth, and development. Iodine and compounds of iodine have found numerous applications in industry, medicine, nutrition, and as reagents for organic synthesis. The lecture will provide an overview of all main aspects of the chemistry of organic and inorganic iodine compounds, including applications in chemical research, medicine, and industry. Our own research on application of iodine compounds in organic synthesis will be highlighted with emphasis on the development of new environmentally safe and sustainable reagents and synthetic methodologies.