MSE Seminar - Professor M. G. Finn - School of Chemistry and Biochemistry - GT

MSE Regular Event
Event Date:
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 4:00pm

Professor M. G. Finn

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Georgia Institute of Technology

Monday, September 19, 2016

4:00 p.m. Instructional Center Room 103

Reception at 3:30 p.m. outside Room 103

“New Functional Soft Materials Enabled by Click Chemistry”


 The art and science of both polymer chemistry and bioconjugation rely on highly reliable bond-forming reactions. New and optimized click reactions can have an immediate impact on these fields, often allowing access to new types of materials and functions. Three ligation reactions that meet click chemistry standards will be discussed, along with applications to biomolecule functionalization and degradable materials development.  


 M.G. Finn received his Ph.D. degree in 1986 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with Prof. K.B. Sharpless, followed by an NIH postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. J.P. Collman at Stanford University. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1988, where his group studied and developed a variety of transition metal-mediated synthetic methods. Prof. Finn moved to the Department of Chemistry and The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute in 1998, and then to the School of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the School of Biology at Georgia Tech in 2013. He assumed the chairmanship of this department in 2014. He is also a member of the School of Biological Sciences and is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Pediatric Technology Center at Georgia Tech. 

 Prof. Finn’s current interests include the use of virus particles as molecular and catalytic building blocks for vaccine and functional materials development, the discovery of click reactions for organic and materials synthesis, polyvalent interactions and advanced linker technologies in drug targeting, and the use of evolution for the discovery of chemical function. Graduates from the Finn laboratory can be found in academic departments around the world, as well as in companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, and materials industries. He was the first recipient of the annual Scripps Outstanding Mentor Award, will receive a 2017 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal ACS Combinatorial Science.