We are interested in the development of catalysts based on cheap, non-toxic, benign and readily available transition metals as substitutes for traditional noble metal complexes. Although not limited to, iron catalysis is currently the focal point.
Particular attention is paid to the development of iron catalysts for cross coupling, cycloisomerization and cycloadditions reactions, as well as to carbometalations of π-bonds. Considerable efforts are made to identify, isolate and characterize highly reactive organoiron intermediates to gain a better understanding for the largely unknown mechanisms of such iron-catalyzed C-C bond-forming reactions. Applications of the new methods to the preparation of relevant target molecules complement our portfolio.
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