2016 Paquette Symposia

December 22, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 12:30pm
130 CBEC
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Jennifer M. Schomaker

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Head shot of Jennifer M. SchomakerJennifer began her research career at The Dow Chemical Company in Organic Chemicals and Polymers, later moving to Ag Chemicals Process Research, where she participated in the route selection and scale-up campaigns for two new herbicides. She obtained her Ph.D. with Professor Babak Borhan at Michigan State University in 2006 before moving to UC-Berkeley as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Professors Robert G. Bergman and F. Dean Toste. She joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 2009, where her research focuses on new methods for catalyst-controlled, tunable chemo- and site-selective C-H functionalization, new reactivity for first-row transition metals and the application of allene aziridination to the synthesis of complex molecules. She is the recipient of an NSF-CAREER award, Sloan Fellowship, ACS-WCC Rising Star Award and an MSU Distinguished Alumni Award.

Louis Barriault

University of Ottawa
Head shot of Louis BarriaultLouis Barriault was born in Armagh, Québec, Canada in 1970. He received his B. Sc. (chemistry) in 1993 at the University of Sherbrooke. He pursed in Ph. D. studies under the supervision of Prof. Pierre Deslongchamps at the same institution where he worked on transannular Diels-Alder reaction. After completing his doctorate in 1997, he joined the group of Professor Leo A. Paquette at the Ohio State University (OSU) as a FCAR postdoctoral fellow where he completed the total synthesis of (-)-polycarvernoside A. In May 1999, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa where he has been promoted to Full Professor (2010). His research involves the development of novel strategies using tandem pericyclic reactions to construct complex bioactive natural products. Louis received the prestigious John Polanyi Award in Chemistry (2000) and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2002) from the Ontario government. Other prestigious accolades such as the Ottawa Life Science Michael Smith Award (2002), Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award (2002), University of Ottawa Young researcher of the year (2005), University of Ottawa excellence in education award (2005), and Merck Research Laboratory academic development (2006 and 2007). Recently, Louis was appointed University Research Chair in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (2006-).

Tomislav Rovis

Colorado State University
Tomislav Rovis head shot. Tomislav Rovis was born in Zagreb in the former Yugoslavia but was largely raised in Southern Ontario, Canada.  Following his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, he earned his Ph.D. degree at the same institution in 1998 under the direction of Professor Mark Lautens.  From 1998-2000, he was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University with Professor David A. Evans.  In 2000, he began his independent career at Colorado State University and was promoted in 2005 to Associate Professor and in 2008 to Professor.  His group's accomplishments have been recognized by a number of awards including an NSF CAREER and a Roche Excellence in Chemistry award.  He has been named a GlaxoSmithKline Scholar, Amgen Young Investigator, Eli Lilly Grantee, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Monfort Professor at Colorado State University, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Katritzky Young Investigator in Heterocyclic Chemistry, and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar.  He currently holds the John K. Stille Chair in Chemistry.


Friday, May 6, 2016

Meet and Greet with Leo Paquette in CBEC Lobby 12:30-1:30 p.m.

1:30-1:35 Opening Remarks for Paquette Legacy Symposium, 130 CBEC

1:35-2:25 Professor Jennifer Schomaker
“Catalyst-controlled and flexible strategies for the synthesis of complex amine scaffolds”

2:30-3:20 Professor Louis Barriault
“Harvest in the Natural Product and Gold Catalysis Gardens”

3:25-3:35 Break

3:35-4:25 Professor Tomislav Rovis
“Rh(III) Catalysis for C-H Activation”

Reception following Lectures
In CBEC Lobby
151 W. Woodruff Avenue


For questions or to find out how you can contribute, contact CBC-Events via email

2015 Leo Paquette Legacy Symposium

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Dr. Leo Paquette
Friday, May 8, 2015
The Leo A. and Estelle I. Paquette Professorship Endowment Fund will carry on Dr. Paquette’s legacy and you can contribute in one of two ways:

Online at giveto.osu.edu
Make a check payable to "The Ohio State University Department of Chemistry" and note "Leo and Estelle Paquette Faculty Research Fund" on the memo line. Please send checks to:

CBC Events
The Ohio State University Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
1118 Newman & Wolfrom Laboratory
100 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

For Further Information

2016 Paquette Brochure [pdf]