[Lecture] Iron and manganese complexes in catalysis–hydrogenations, ehydrogenations and more


Title: Iron and manganese complexes in catalysis–hydrogenations, ehydrogenations and more
Speaker: Prof. Karl Kirchner (Vienna University of Technology)
Venue: Meeting Room on 4th Floor, Shaw Engineering Building,Wushan Campus 
Time: June 14, Friday, 10:30-12:00

In view of concerns regarding economy, environment and sustainable energy, there is a constant need for the discovery of new catalytic reactions. The limited availability of precious metals, their high price, and their toxicity diminish their attractiveness and more economical and environmentally friendly alternatives have to be found. In this respect, the preparation of well-defined non-precious metal-based catalysts of comparable or even higher activity is desirable. Iron and manganese are one of the most abundant transition metals in the earth crust, ubiquitously available, and thus ideal candidates for catalytic applications. The synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of novel hydride and alkyl Fe(II) and Mn(I) complexes will be described. These compounds are highly active catalysts for the hydrogenation of alkenes, carbonyl compounds, nitriles as well as the dehydrogenation of alcohols.

Announced by the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering