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$100,000 from ACS Petroleum Research Fund awarded to Croatt – research news

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2012 by UNCG Research.

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Mitchell Croatt

Assistant Professor Mitchell Croatt, Chemistry and Biochemistry

UNCG Research congratulates Dr. Mitchell Croatt on receiving $100,000 from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund.  The Petroleum Research Fund supports nonprofit institutions conducting fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels. Dr. Croatt will use his award to investigate “Formation of Cyano-Carbenes from Alkynes and Azides Using Hypervalent Iodine.”

Croatt seeks a new method to convert readily available starting materials into cyano-carbenes.  Cyano-carbenes are high energy, highly reactive molecules that exist as intermediate steps in certain chemical reactions. Current methods to produce cyano-carbenes are inefficient and have low yields.

Ultimately, Dr. Croatt’s method may help researchers understand molecules currently linked to cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.