The development of novel catalytic reaction, in which alcohols are converted into important classes of compounds, contributes to the saving of our fossil carbon resources and the lowering of CO2 emission since alcohols can be obtained from indigestible and abundantly available biomass such as lignocellulose. The aims of this project are the rational design of such reactions and of catalysts mediating them. ...more
Earth Abundant Transition Metal Catalysis
The conservation of our element resources is of outmost importance with regard of the future of mankind. One approach to save rare elements is their replacement by abundantly available elements in key technologies. Catalysis is a key technology and often mediated by rare noble metals. We are interested in replacing noble metals such as Pt, Pd, Ir, Rh or Ru by so called base metals (Co, Fe and Mn) in catalysis. Homogenous catalysis is used to explore the scope of such a replacement and to develop novel catalytic reactions mediated by base metals.
Metal Containing SiCN Precursor Ceramics
Polymer derived silicon carbon nitride (SiCN) ceramics exhibit interesting catalysis relevant properties such as high thermal stability, great resistance against chemicals and structuring at multiple lengths scales. When modified with metals, such a material could be employed as a heterogeneous catalyst. The aim of the project is the development of the catalyst class and applications of the catalysts in sustainable synthesis and energy storage. ...more
Rare Earth Transition Metal Bonds
Metal-metal bonding has inspired scientists for many decades and a lot of this fascination and interest has recently shifted towards unsupported metal-metal linkages. We are interested in RE–TM (RE = rare earth, TM = transition metal) bonds since they are among the most polar metal-metal bonds and the design of higher aggregated systems based on the bond polarity is feasible. ...more
Extremes in bond orders is the central topic of this project. We are interested in the synthesis of stable molecules having a bond order higher than four, in the reactivity of such molecules and in extremely short metal-metal bonds. ...more
Porous Coordination Polymers (PCP) or Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF) experienced an enormous development since their discovery. We have worked in the field of MOF synthesis and catalysis for more than a decade and are currently interested in MOF-based photo catalysts....more
We have a strong interest in the controlled and efficient polymerization of ethylene and novel products accessible by such controlled polymerization processes. The project is carried out in strong collaboration with chemical industry.
Sonderforschungsbereich Universität Bayreuth