Our work is in the general field of organotransition metal chemistry and the goal is to find and develop organometallic reactions with possible applications in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. We use specialised synthetic techniques, including high-vacuum, Schlenk and glove box work. Structural characterisation is performed using mainly multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography.
In our work we always try to understand reaction mechanisms in as much detail as possible using, inter alia, kinetics measurements and spectroscopic identification of inter-mediates.
• Green chemistry: developing reactions for the use of under-utilised carbon sources, such as carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, as starting materials for the chemical industry using sustainable methodology.
• Organometallic chemistry of palladium, platinum, gold, rhodium and iridium complexes primarily based on pincer and carbene ligands.
• Application in homogeneous catalysis for carbon dioxide and C-H bond activation
• Heterogeneous catalysts based on metal nano-particles for air oxidation of hydrocarbons.