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A Modular Synthesis of Nitrogen-Stabilized Carbene Complexes

Vanessa Vethacke – Hector Fellow A. Stephen K. Hashmi

This project under the supervision of Hector Fellow Stephen Hashmi attempts to develop a modular synthesis, giving access to a broad number of catalysts, with the aim to tune the properties according to the needs of each catalyzed reaction. Our synthetic access attempts to build up different N-heteroacyclic and N-heterocyclic carbene ligands with a wide range of electronic and steric properties directly at a metal center.

Catalysis is an important field in organometallic chemistry. New and better catalysts are constantly developed, to improve reactions and reduce the amount of working steps and energy required. Since each reaction requires a catalyst that suits its own needs, it is a great advantage if their syntheses are versatile.

This project under the supervision of Hector Fellow Stephen Hashmi attempts to develop a modular synthesis, giving easy access to a broad number of catalysts, with the aim to tune the properties according to the needs of each catalyzed reaction. Our synthetic access attempts to build up different N-heteroacyclic and N-heterocyclic carbene ligands with a wide range of electronic and steric properties directly at the metal center.

Furthermore the synthesis of homo- and heterobimetallic complexes will be investigated, as such complexes often show interesting cooperative effects between the metal centers.

Au(I)-Pd(II)-complexes are of particular interest here, since they show very different reactivities on their own. Combining them may open up a completely new field of possibilities.

In the course of this Ph. D. project different types of catalysts will be developed and their catalytic activity investigated.