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Novel Catalytic Transformations of Alcohols to Amides and Heterocyclic compounds

Dr. Muhammad Sharif
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Germany

Amides are an important class of building blocks in modern organic synthesis, with broad applications in advanced materials, pharmaceuticals, and agrochemical industries. Additionally, primary amides are important intermediates in organic synthesis that are used as starting materials for engineering plastics, detergents, and lubricants. Based on their obvious importance, there many procedures have been developed. For examples, primary benzamides can be synthesized by the hydration of the corresponding aromatic nitrile, by conversion of benzoic acids or acid chlorides with ammonia, by the transformation of benzaldehydes or benzaldoximes, by the oxidation of primary benzyl amines or alcohols, or by the carbonylation of aryl halides with ammonia and so on.

Dr. M. Sharif is currently a Research scientist at Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock Germany. During his doctoral & postdoctoral research, Dr. Sharif has been heavily involved in synthetic organic chemistry using either classical organic chemistry methodologies or transition metal-catalyzed synthesis of a range of synthetically important organic building blocks for diverse application. Dr. Sharif is also interested in the development of novel efficient synthetic organic methodologies which allow for a "greener" synthesis of fine chemicals for potential use in material, biological and pharmaceutical applications. He has published one patent and 28 research papers in reputed reviewed journals including Chem. Commun., Green Chem., Molecular Therapy and others. He is very well familiar with modern tools of organic chemistry, catalysis and spectroscopy. He held various research positions within academics and has closely worked in industrial driven projects throughout his career with major emphasis on organic synthesis, synthetic methodology development and catalysis for target oriented organic syntheses. His research-experience and expertise cover a wide range of topics in synthetic organic chemistry, green chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. Dr. Sharif is also initiated several collaborations between leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock, Germany and other research institutes/Universities in developing countries. Sharif is also an external committee member for evaluation of PhD dissertations at Jacob University Bremen, Germany. Currently, He is also working as a team leader at leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock, Germany. Sharif is involved in several cooperation projects in Gulf.

  Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
  Time: 11:00 a.m.
  Venue: B4 – Room 125
  There will be a get-together with refreshments at 10:45-11:00 a.m. in B4-125
  Courtesy: SAICSC-ACS