Research interests

  • oxo metal complexes
  • oxidation reactions and their mechanisms (surfaces of metaloxo catalysts as inspiration for molecular models; biomimetic O2 activation and oxidation)
  • the activation of small molecules
  • catalysis
  • bioinspired chemistry
  • organometallic chemistry
  • ligand design

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2018 Alfred-Stock Memorial Prize of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
2017 Chemistry Distinguished Lectureship at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (Korea)
2014 Invited Guest Professor at the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France) 2009 Horst-Dietrich-Hardt Prize of the Hardt Foundation
2009 Horst-Dietrich-Hardt Prize of the Hardt Foundation
2002 Carl Duisberg Memorial Award of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
2001 Award of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities Göttingen
2001 Karl Winnacker Scholarship of the Aventis Foundation
1998 Annual award of the consortium of German university professors for chemistry (ADUC)

Prof. Dr. Christian Limberg 
HU Berlin
Department of Chemistry
Brook-Taylor-Straße 2
12489 Berlin
+49 (0)30 2093-7382
+49 (0)30 2093-6966

Publications (selection)

P. Holze, T. Corona, N. Frank, B. Braun-Cula, C. Herwig, A. Company, C. Limberg, Activation of dioxygen at a lewis acidic nickel(II) complex – characterization of a metastable organoperoxide complex, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 2307–2311.

P. Zimmermann, C. Limberg, Activation of small molecules at nickel(I) moieties, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 4233–4242.

K. S. Lokare, N. Frank, B. Braun-Cula, I. Goikoetxea, J. Sauer, C. Limberg, Trapping aluminium hydroxide clusters from speciation in aluminium(III)/water systems with the aid of trisilanols–reproducible, large scale access to molecular aluminate models, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2016, 55, 12325–12329.

M. Sallmann, C. Limberg, Utilizing the trispyrazolyl borate ligand for the mimicking of O2-activating mononuclear nonheme iron enzymes, Accounts of Chemical Research 2015, 48, 2734–2743.

M. Sallmann, F. Oldenburg, B. Braun, M. Réglier, A. J. Simaan, C. Limberg, A structural and functional model for the 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 12325–12328.

F. Schax, S. Suhr, B. Braun, E. Bill, C. Herwig, C. Limberg, A heterobimetallic superoxide complex formed through O2 activation between chromium(II) and a lithium cation, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 1352–1356.

F. Schax, E. Bill, C. Herwig, C. Limberg, Dioxygen Activation by chromium(II)- and chromium(IV)-siloxide complexes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2014, 53, 12741–12745.

P. Holze, B. Horn, C. Limberg, C. Matlachowski, S. Mebs, The activation of sulfur hexafluoride at highly reduced low-coordinate nickel dinitrogen complexes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2014, 53, 2750–2753.

R. Schiwon, K. Klingan, H. Dau, C. Limberg, Shining light on integrity of a tetracobalt-polyoxometalate water oxidation catalyst by X-ray spectroscopy before and after catalysis, Chemical Communications 2014, 50, 100–102.

P. Haack, A. Kärgel, C. Greco, J. Dokic, B. Braun, F. F. Pfaff, S. Mebs, K. Ray, C. Limberg, Access to a CuII-O-CuII motif: spectroscopic properties, solution structure, and reactivity, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2013, 135, 16148–16160.

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