Research interests

  • molecular models of heterogeneous catalysts and bioinspired homogeneous catalysts
  • molecular approach to heterogeneous catalysts for efficient light-driven and electrocatalytic energy conversion (e.g., overall water-splitting)
  • organometallic precursors for low-temperature synthesis of nanoscaled metal oxides
  • coordination chemistry for activation of small molecules and homogeneous catalysis
  • development of multifunctional, low-valent silicon-based strong σ-donor ligands in homogeneous catalysis

Awards (selection)

2016 Davison Lecture of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the MIT (USA)
2016 Visiting Professor, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
2014 Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2013 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina
2011 WACKER Silicone Award
2010 Alfred-Stock-Memorial Award of the German Chemical Society

Prof. Dr. Matthias Driess
Department of Chemistry, TU Berlin
Institute of Chemistry, Office C 2
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin
+49 (0)30 314-22265
+49 (0)30 314-29732

Publications (selection)

N. J. Lindenmaier, S. Wahlefeld, E. Bill, T. Szilvási, C. Eberle, S. Yao, P. Hildebrandt, M. Horch, I. Zebger, M. Driess, An S-oxygenated [NiFe] complex modelling sulfenate intermediates of an O2-tolerant hydrogenase, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 2208–2211.

Y. Wang, A. Kostenko, S. Yao, M. Driess, Divalent silicon-assisted activation of dihydrogen in a Bis(N-heterocyclic silylene)xanthene Nickel(0) complex for efficient catalytic hydrogenation of olefins, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 13499-13506.

A. Indra, P. W. Menezes, K. Kailasam, D. Hollmann, P. Strasser, M. Schröder, A. Thomas, A. Brückner, M. Driess, Nickel as a co-catalyst for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution on graphitic-carbon nitride (sg-CN): What is the nature of the active species?, Chemical Communications 2016, 52, 104-107.

S. Yao, F. Meier, N. Lindenmaier, R. Rudolph, B. Blom, M. Adelhardt, J. Sutter, S. Mebs, M. Haumann, K. Meyer, M. Kaupp, M. Driess, Biomimetic [2Fe-2S] clusters with extensively delocalized mixed-valence iron centers, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 53, 12185.

S. T. Mätsenen, D. Gallego, T. Szilvasi, M. Driess, M. Oestreich, Peripheral mechanism of a carbonyl hydrosilylation catalysed by an SiNSi iron pincer complex, Chemical Science 2015, 6, 7143–7149.

P. W. Menezes, A. Indra, N. R. Sahraie, A. Bergmann, P. Strasser, M. Driess, Cobalt–manganese-based spinels as multifunctional materials that unify catalytic water oxidation and oxygen reduction reactions, ChemSusChem 2015, 8, 164–171.

P. W. Menezes, A. Indra, O. Levy, K. Kailasam, V. Gutkin, J. Pfrommer, M. Driess, Using nickel manganese oxide catalysts for efficient water oxidation, Chemical Communications 2015, 51, 5005–5008.

P. W. Menezes, A. Indra, D. González-Flores, N. R. Sahraie, I. Zaharieva, M. Schwarze, P. Strasser, H. Dau, M. Driess, High-performance oxygen redox catalysis with multifunctional cobalt oxide nanochains: morphology-dependent activity, ACS Catalysis 2015, 5, 2017–2027.

G. Tan, T. Szilvási, S. Inoue, B. Blom, M. Driess, An elusive hydridoaluminum(I) complex for facile C–H and C–O bond activation of ethers and access to its isolable hydridogallium(I) analogue: syntheses, structures, and theoretical studies, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 9732.

B. L. Tran, B. Li, M. Driess, J. F. Hartwig, Copper-catalyzed intermolecular amidation and imidation of unactivated alkanes, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 2555.


M. Driess, R. Schomäcker, B. Blom, M. Schmidt, Katalysator zur Hydroformylierung von Olefinen und dessen Verwendung, 2016, DE102016206303A1.

M. Driess, R. Schomäcker, B. Blom, M. Schmidt, Catalyst for the hydroformylation of olefins, and use therof, 2017, WO002017178536A1.

Schedel-Niedrig, M. Lublow, A. Fischer, M. Driess, M.-P. Lücke, Metallchalkogenid-Dünnschichtelektrode, Verfahren zu ihrer Herstellung und Verwendung, 2013, DE 102013224900 A1.

M. Driess, Y. Aksu, Verfahren zur Herstellung von alkalimetall-dotiertem nanoskaligem Zinkoxid mit variablem Dotierungsgehalt, 2009, WO2009141417 A1.

T. Schedel-Niedrig, M. Kanis, A. Azarpira, M. Lublow, A. Fischer, M. Driess, J. Pfrommer, Verfahren zur Herstellung von photoelektrokatalytischen Elektroden aus industriellen Pigment-Pulvern, 2008, DE 102015200958.0.

Y. Aksu, M. Driess, T. Lüthge, R. Fügemann, M. Inhesler, Transparent, electrically conductive layer, method for the production of said layer, and the use thereof, 2008, WO2008113632 A1.

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