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Odom Group

Rational catalyst design requires an understanding of how the size and electronic properties of ligands contribute to a complex's rate of catalysis. Although noble metals like palladium have benefitted from a large pool of data in this regard, base metals such as titanium and chromium have proven difficult to model. In the Cover Article of a September 2017 issue of Nature Chemistry, MSU Chemistry Professor Aaron Odom and co-workers describe a method for modeling high-valent transition metals that allows one to anticipate rate constants for new catalysts based on readily acquired parameters, as stylized on this cover.