The Stahl research group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is exploring a number of topics in the field of catalysis. Advances in catalysis research are crucial to address many of the major challenges facing our nation and world, including (i) reducing the contribution of human activities to global warming, (ii) identifying sustainable energy sources and (iii) minimizing the environmental impact of chemical synthesis (i.e., green chemistry). Research themes include aerobic oxidation reactions, C–H oxidation methods for pharmaceutical synthesis, electrochemical organic synthesis, biomass valorization, and electrocatalysis and electrochemical methods for energy conversion.

Research Topics:

  • Oxidation catalysis and the chemistry of O2
  • Homogeneous catalysis and synthetic methodology
  • Electrocatalysis and electrochemical synthesis
  • Green chemistry related to pharmaceutical synthesis and biomass conversion
  • Electrochemical energy storage and conversion

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Organic Electrochemistry Virtual Short Course

This short course is a collection of recorded lectures, presented during a live virtual presentation of this Organic Electrochemistry Short Course in early 2023. The course is designed to introduce the theory and practical aspects of organic electrochemistry. The lecture presentations cover the basic concepts including: potential and overpotential, principles of electrode reactions, bulk electrolysis, and electroanalytical techniques. Distinguished case studies of electrosynthetic reactions and the use of electroanalytical tools for mechanistic investigation are used and reviewed to illustrate fundamental principles and practical aspects of organic electrochemistry. Recorded laboratory experiments are demonstrated and experimental details of bulk electrolysis/electrosynthesis and analytical electrochemistry techniques are discussed. The short course also seeks to create a community experience fostering connections that will extend beyond the course and promote the broader use of electrochemistry by organic chemists.