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Dr. Maitland Jones Jr., (from NYU), "William Doering, the Cope Rearrangement, and Me"

Date: 03/15/12
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Jorge Gonzalez, x3724,

Most hydrocarbons have fixed structures. Atoms are connected to each other by electrons by what we call "bonds". For almost all molecules, that connectivity doesn't change; what you see is what you get. But there is one hydrocarbon, Bullvalene, which is utterly different: it has a changing, or "fluxional" structure in which, on time average, each of the ten carbon atoms is connected to the other nine. This talk will describe William Doering's development of the ideas that led to the concept of Bullvalene, its eventual synthesis, and the connections to our work at Princeton.