2011 Symposium Keynote Speakers

Dr. Susan Kauzlarich
University of California-Davis


Professor Kauzlarich received her B.S. from The College of William and Mary in 1980. In 1985, Susan received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and then moved to Iowa State University where she did a postdoc with Professor J. D. Corbett. In 1987, Susan was appointed to the faculty at UC-Davis. Susan has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Earth Metals as well as the Editor of Chemistry of Materials. Her research focuses include: solid-state and materials chemistry, synthesis and characterization of new materials, research on nanoparticles for hydrogen storage and biological applications and research on thermoelectric materials.

Recent Publications:

Phys. Rev. Lett. 2008, 101, 37001

Inroganic Chemistry 2007, 46, 10736-10740

Phys. Rev. Lett 2006, 73, 245109

susan group



Dr. Tobias Ritter



Professor Ritter received his undergraduate education in Braunschweig, Germany, Bordeaux, France, Lausanne, Switzerland and Stanford, US and received his Master of Science from Braunschweig University in 1999. He has done undergraduate research with Professor Barry Trost and obtained his Ph.D. with Professor Eric Carreira at ETH Zurich in 2004. Professor Ritter then went on to postdoc with Professor Robert H. Grubbs at Caltech. In 2006, Professor Ritter was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University and promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. His research is based on synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry and focuses on fluorination chemistry for late stage functionalization of complex natural and unnatural products and bimetallic transition metal redox catalysis.

Recent Publications:

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 1760 1762

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14530 14536

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14092 14103

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 13214 13216

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132 12150 12154

Nature 2010, 466, 447 448



(Top) Late-stage fluorination of complex small molecules. (Bottom) Late-stage fluorination for the general synthesis of previously unavailable PET tracers. A general, late-stage fluorination reaction may have a profound impact on molecular PET imaging.