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Development of Molecular-defined Non-noble Metal Complexes and Nano-structured Materials for Sustainable Redox ReactionsDevelopment of Molecular-defined Non-noble Metal Complexes and Nano-structured

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 2˙499˙375 €
 EC max contribution 2˙499˙375 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-12-01   to  2020-11-30


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 Project objective

The major objective of this proposal is the development of new active and selective catalysts based on earth abundant metals (e.g. Fe, Mn, Co, Cu). These catalysts will be used for improved synthetic transformations which are of interest for organic chemistry in general and which are also of significant practical value for the chemical and life science industries. Traditional catalysts based on non-noble metals are not efficient for hydrogenation and dehydrogenation processes under mild conditions. However, by creating a suitable microenvironment with M-N interactions they are becoming active and selective. According to our concept the suitable surrounding will be created either by using nitrogen-containing pincer ligands or nitrogen-doped graphenes. Consequently, a variety of both molecular-defined homogeneous catalysts as well as nano-structured heterogeneous materials will be prepared, characterized and tested in various catalytic applications. More specifically, the following redox transformations will be investigated: Hydrogenation and transfer hydrogenation of carboxylic acids, esters, and nitriles; hydrogenation of amides and peptides; hydrogenation of carbon dioxide and selective oxidative coupling of alcohols to esters, amides, and nitriles. Furthermore, “waste-free” carbon-carbon bond forming reactions such as alkylations with alcohols and domino-synthesis of heterocycles from alcohols will be exploited. Finally, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts from earth abundant metals will be used in industrially relevant oxidative carbonylation reactions. With respect to methodology this proposal combines homogeneous with heterogeneous catalysis, which will result in new ideas for both fields.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Xinjiang Cui, Kathrin Junge, Xingchao Dai, Carsten Kreyenschulte, Marga-Martina Pohl, Sebastian Wohlrab, Feng Shi, Angelika Brückner, Matthias Beller
Synthesis of Single Atom Based Heterogeneous Platinum Catalysts: High Selectivity and Activity for Hydrosilylation Reactions
published pages: 580-585, ISSN: 2374-7943, DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.7b00105
ACS Central Science 3/6 2019-07-05
2017 Rajenahally V. Jagadeesh, Kathiravan Murugesan, Ahmad S. Alshammari, Helfried Neumann, Marga-Martina Pohl, Jörg Radnik, Matthias Beller
MOF-derived cobalt nanoparticles catalyze a general synthesis of amines
published pages: 326-332, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aan6245
Science 358/6361 2019-07-05
2017 Marcel Garbe, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller
Homogeneous Catalysis by Manganese-Based Pincer Complexes
published pages: 4344-4362, ISSN: 1434-193X, DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201700376
European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2017/30 2019-07-05
2018 Kathiravan Murugesan, Thirusangumurugan Senthamarai, Manzar Sohail, Ahmad S. Alshammari, Marga-Martina Pohl, Matthias Beller, Rajenahally V. Jagadeesh
Cobalt-based nanoparticles prepared from MOF–carbon templates as efficient hydrogenation catalysts
published pages: 8553-8560, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/c8sc02807a
Chemical Science 9/45 2019-05-27
2018 Xinjiang Cui, Wu Li, Pavel Ryabchuk, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller
Bridging homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis by heterogeneous single-metal-site catalysts
published pages: 385-397, ISSN: 2520-1158, DOI: 10.1038/s41929-018-0090-9
Nature Catalysis 1/6 2019-04-03
2018 Thirusangumurugan Senthamarai, Kathiravan Murugesan, Jacob Schneidewind, Narayana V. Kalevaru, Wolfgang Baumann, Helfried Neumann, Paul C. J. Kamer, Matthias Beller, Rajenahally V. Jagadeesh
Simple ruthenium-catalyzed reductive amination enables the synthesis of a broad range of primary amines
published pages: 4123, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06416-6
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-03-18
2018 Weiping Liu, Basudev Sahoo, Anke Spannenberg, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller
Tailored Cobalt-Catalysts for Reductive Alkylation of Anilines with Carboxylic Acids under Mild Conditions
published pages: 11673-11677, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201806132
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/36 2019-03-12
2018 Thomas Leischner, Anke Spannenberg, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller
Molecular Defined Molybdenum–Pincer Complexes and Their Application in Catalytic Hydrogenations
published pages: 4402-4408, ISSN: 0276-7333, DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00410
Organometallics 37/23 2019-03-12

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