Research interests

  • routes for the metal-mediated synthesis of fluorinated molecules
  • metal fluorido complexes and fluorinations
  • C-H and C-F activation reactions at transition metal complexes
  • chemistry with sulfur fluorides
  • heterogeneous Lewis-acid catalysts
  • organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis
  • Si compounds for the activation of small molecules

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2015 Fluorine Publication prize of the Fluorine Subject Group of the German Chemical Society
2015 Xingda Lecture, Beijing University
2007 Royal Society of Chemistry Fluorine Prize
2006 Wöhler award of the Inorganic Division of the German Chemical Society

Prof. Dr. Thomas Braun 
HU Berlin
Department of Chemistry
Brook-Taylor-Straße 2
12489 Berlin
+49 (0)30 2093-3913
+49 (0)30 2093-7468

Publications (selection)

P. Tomar, T. Braun, E. Kemnitz, Photochemical Activation of SF6 by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes to Provide a Deoxyfluorinating Reagent, Chemical Communications 2018, 54, 9753-9756.

M. A. Ellwanger, S. Steinhauer, P. Golz, T. Braun, S. Riedel, Stabilization of Lewis Acidic AuF3 as an N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complex: Preparation and Characterization of [AuF3(SIMes)], Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 7210-7214.

G. Meißner, K. Kretschmar, T. Braun, E. Kemnitz, Consecutive Transformations of Tetrafluoropropenes: Hydrogermylation and Catalytic C-F Activation Steps at a Lewis-acidic Aluminium Fluoride, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 16338-16341.

C. Berg, T. Braun, M. Ahrens, P. Wittwer, R. Herrmann, Activation of SF6 at Platinum Complexes: Formation of SF3 Derivatives and Their Application in Deoxyfluorination Reactions, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 4300-4304.

L. Zámostná, T. Braun, Catalytic Degradation of Sulfur Hexafluoride by Rhodium Complexes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 10652-10656.

A.-L. Raza, T. Braun, Consecutive C-F Bond Activation and C-F Bond Formation of Heteroaromatics at Rhodium: The Peculiar role of FSi(OEt)3Chemical Science 2015, 6, 4255-4260.

S. I. Kalläne, T. Braun,  Catalytic Borylation of SCF3-Functionalized Arenes by Rhodium(I) Boryl Complexes: Regioselective C-H Activation at the ortho-Position, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2014, 53, 9311-9315.

L. Zámostná, T. Braun, B. Braun, S-F and S-C Activation of SF6 and SF5 Derivatives at Rhodium: Conversion of SF6 into H2S, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2014, 53, 2745-2749.

M. Ahrens, G. Scholz, T. Braun, E. Kemnitz, Catalytic Hydrodefluorination of Fluoromethanes at Room Temperature by Silylium-ion-like Surface Species, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 5328-5332.

G. Meier, T. Braun, Hydrogenation of a Rhodium Peroxido Complex by Formate Derivatives: Mechanistic Studies and Catalytic Formation of H2O2 from O2, Angewandte Chemie International Edition Ed. 2012, 51, 12564-12569.

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