Richard Heck and Bob Grubbs, Gordon Conference, Salve Regina, 2005

Here is a picture I took of Richard Heck in the spring of 2005 posing with Bob Grubbs before his trip to Sweden. This was taken at the Organometallic Chemistry section of the Gordon Conference at Salve Regina in 2005.  It is a great place to spend a few days giving or listening to chemistry talks, though the dorm accommodations are a bit spartan.

I think the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Heck, Suzuki, and Negishi was well deserved.  The coupling reactions they uncovered are a great alternative to some otherwise awkward transformations and have enabled much development around the world.

Here is my question- Is -B(OH)2 a meta or an ortho-para director for electrophilic aromatic substitution? At least in principle. In practice it is difficult to determine due to competing deborylation.

This was taken on one of my very last rolls of Kodacolor film.