Alkali metals

September 5, 2019

Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, David B Collum and his lab recently received a $2.79 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund his research on alkali metals reactivity and selectivity. These metals play a vital role in academic and industrial laboratories' development of medical compounds.

Collum's lab emphasizes the role of non-covalent auxiliaries and focusing on two subsets of alkali metal chemistry that have proven virtually impenetrable to careful scrutiny: lithium enolates and sodium amides. The studies are focused on non-covalent auxiliaries - stoichiometrically formed mixed aggregates of lithium enolates and catalytically active triamines in organosodium chemistry.

Read the full anouncement on Cornell Research.

alkali metal illustration