2014 Sheldon G Shore Lecture

The Sheldon G Shore Lectures

Dr. Sheldon G ShoreDr. Sheldon G Shore

Sheldon Shore was born in Chicago in 1930. After completing his Bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois in 1951, he moved to the University of Michigan where he completed his Master's (1953) and Doctoral degrees (1957). Shortly thereafter, he moved to join the Chemistry faculty at The Ohio State University, where he provided almost 57 years of distinguished service.

Professor Shore’s research has spanned vast areas of the periodic table, but perhaps he is best known for his pioneering work in the area of boron hydrides, metal cluster carbonyls and lanthanide transition metal systems. He and his coworkers developed the first rational synthesis of B4-B10 boron hydrides and one of his early compounds, ammonia borane, which had been predicted to be too unstable to isolate, was isolated by him and shown to be stable at elevated temperatures. It is currently a hot topic for hydrogen storage and release. He produced the first well-defined examples of boron nitride nanotubes, analogs of multi-walled carbon nanotubes. His mechanistic studies of the synthesis of metal cluster carbonylates and the water-gas shift reaction attracted wide attention. This work has been featured in current treatises on cluster chemistry and is also described in inorganic chemistry text books. His work on mixed metal clusters of lanthanide-transition metal elements and their conversion to nanoparticles has led to new heterogeneous catalysts for the selective hydrogenation of phenol to cyclohexanone, hydrodechloronation of chlorobenzenes, and the reforming of propane. Dr. Shore is the author of over 300 scientific publications and 14 patents. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research. Most notable among them is the Chemical Society’s Columbus Section Award, the Morley Medal of the Cleveland Section, the ACS Award for Inorganic Chemistry and election as a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The Ohio State University has also recognized him with the Distinguished Lecturer Award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Charles H. Kimberly Chair of Chemistry, and the Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Award. Dr. Shore received the ACS Award for Inorganic Chemistry in 2008.

During Dr. Shore’s tenure at OSU, 91 students have completed MS or Ph.D. degrees with him, and many more postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars have been associated with his laboratory, not including the thousands of undergraduates who have passed though his classes. Over a long and active career, Sheldon Shore left a profound and indelible imprint on the lives of the many faculty, staff, and students of the broader Ohio State University family that were fortunate to know him. The annual Sheldon G Shore Lecture provides an opportunity to remember and celebrate his achievements.


Lecture: Dr. Peter J. Stang "Abiological Self-Assembly: Predesigned Metallacycles and Metallacages via Coordination"

1008 Evans Laboratory
88 W. 18th Avenue


1008 Evans Laboratory
88 W. 18th Avenue

Dinner by Reservation Only:

Great Hall Meeting Room
The Ohio Union
1739 North High Street

2014 Shore Lecturer: Professor Peter Stang

Dr. Robert H. GrubbsProfessor Peter Stang

Professor Peter Stang is currently a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah, with research interests in the area of molecular architecture and supramolecular chemistry via self-assembly. He was awarded the Priestly Medal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, the National Medal of Science, 2011, and the Paul G. Gassman Distinguished Service Award of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry, 2010, among many other awards and recognitions. His service contributions to the chemistry community include editorial functions with the Journal of Organic Chemistry, and most notably with the Journal of the American Chemical Society, for which he was appointed Editor in 2002, as well as service on numerous advisory boards and councils.

More information about Professor Peter Stang can be found here.


Additional Information:

The Blackwell Inn on campus is currently fully booked, and we are recommending that you check in at the Hilton Garden Inn, at 3232 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43202, USATEL: 1-614-263-7200 as they are aware of our event and do currently have space available. Mention that you are attending the Shore Lecture and Memorial.

For Further Information

For the Dr. Shore Animoto Presentation, click here.

For the Dr. Shore Memorial, click here.

For the Dr. Shore Memorial Lecture, click here.

For images from the event, click here.

For a copy of the most current brochure, click here.