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Organometallic Catalysis (OMCAT Group)

Our group conducts research on the field of synthetic organometallic chemistry, with particular focus on transition metal complexes. Organometallic compounds find application in many areas of knowledge including catalysis, energy, medicinal chemistry and chemical biology.

Our ongoing research lines are:

I.  Study of the coordination chemistry of bio-relevant metals (Mn, Fe, Co,  and Ni) with cooperative ligands.

II. Development of sustainable catalytic methods based on Earth-abundant, cheap metals.

III. Small molecule activation (CO2, H2O, H2) mediated by organometallic species.

IV. Cooperative organometallic and enzymatic catalysis.

V. Organometallic complexes as antimicrobial agents.

Recent achivements:

- Selective reduction of functional groups catalysed by iron and nickel complexes: ChemCatChem 2017, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201700218; Organometallics 2014, 33, 5670.

- Selective oxidation reactions with Earth-abundant metal-based catalysts (Ti, Fe): Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 13541; Catal. Sci. Technol. 2015, 5, 320.

- Development of water soluble organometallic complexes and their application in borrowing hydrogen processes: ChemCatChem 2017, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201700678.

- Highly effective water oxidation catalysis with iridium N-heterocyclic carbene complexes: Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 7203.




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