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March 25, 2003

Four distinguished chemists to lecture at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Scientists from three countries will deliver this year's 20th annual Herbert C. Brown Lecture Series in Organic Chemistry on April 5 at Purdue University.

The lectures, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 214, will share the theme of "Modern Organic and Metallorganic Chemistry."

The event is free and open to the public. Speakers and lecture topics include:

• Clayton Heathcock of the University of California at Berkeley, "Total Synthesis of Pinnaic Acid and Halichlorin."

• Manfred T. Reetz of Germany's Max Planck Institute, "Evolution in the Test Tube as a Means to Create Enantioselective Enzymes."

• Victor Sniekus of Ontario's Queens University, "Aromatic Metallation: A Continuing Education."

• Peter J. Stang of the University of Utah, "Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination."

The lecture series was established in 1984 to honor Purdue Nobel Laureate Herbert C. Brown and to provide a forum for Purdue faculty and students interested in current organic chemistry topics. Organic chemistry focuses on carbon-containing compounds and mixtures.

Brown is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of synthetic organic chemistry. He was awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in hydroboration and organoboranes.

CONTACT: P.V. Ramachandran, assistant professor of chemistry, (765) 494-5303,

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