Chemistry will be the focus of the 47th annual Friend E. Clark Lecture Series hosted by West Virginia University Monday and Tuesday (March 12-13).

John F. Hartwig, the Kenneth L. Rinehart Jr. Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will presentThe Organometallic Chemistry of Metal-heteroatom Bondsat 5 p.m., Monday (March 12) in 208 Clark Hall.

The following day, he will give a talk onCatalyst Design in Chemistry and Beyondat 4 p.m. in 260 Hodges Hall.

Hartwig will explain organometallic chemistrywhich focuses on the synthesis, structures and reactions of complexes with metal-carbon bondsand the results of his research with metal-nitrogen, -oxygen, -sulfur and -boron bonds.

He will also describe the role of catalysts, designed to make chemical reactions occur faster and more selectively, and how his research group has developed new principles and strategies for catalyst designs with a metal atom.

Hartwig earned a bachelors degree from Princeton University in 1986 and a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990.

He completed his postdoctoral work with the American Cancer Society and later became the Irénée P. DuPont Professor of Chemistry at Yale University.

His current research at the University of Illinois focuses on discovering and understanding new reactions catalyzed by transition metal complexes.

Hartwigs presentations are free and open to the public.

The Friend E. Clark Lecture Series is sponsored by the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the Phi Lambda Upsilon chemistry honorary.

The series was started by Charles Wheeler, former president of the Tau Chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon. Since its initiation in 1950, it has brought numerous Nobel Laureates and prominent research scientists to WVU to share research interests and accomplishments with students and faculty.

For more information, contact Ronald W. Clawson Jr., president of the Tau Chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon, at .