Research interests

  • Bioinspired catalysis: Epoxidation of alkenes, C-H bond hydroxylation, and Dioxygen reduction reactions
  • Inorganic reaction mechanism and spectroscopy: Trapping of Metal –Oxo, -peroxo, -superoxo, and –nitrenes as possible reactive intermediates in transition-metal mediated catalytic oxidation reactions.
  • Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2016 Heisenberg Professorship W3 (DFG)
2015 IUPAC Young Chemist Award (Korean Chemical Society)
2015 Carl-Duisberg-Gedächtnispreis (German Chemical Society, GDCh)
2013 Wöhler-EurJIC Young Investigator Prize (German Chemical Society, GDCh)
2012 Ernst-Haage National Award in Bioinorganic Chemistry (Max Planck Inst. CEC)

Prof. Dr. Kallol Ray
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 
Institut für Chemie
Brook-Taylor-Strasse 2
12489 Berlin
+49(30) 20937385
+49(30) 20937387

Publications (selection)

X. Engelmann, D. D. Malik, T. Corona, K. Warm, E. R. Farquhar, M. Swart, W. Nam, K. Ray, Trapping of a Highly Reactive Oxoiron(IV) Complex in the Catalytic Epoxidation of Olefins by Hydrogen Peroxid, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019.

C. Panda, A. Chandra, T. Corona, E. Andris, B. Pandey, S. Garai, N. Lindenmaier, S. Kuenstner, E. R. Farquhar, J. Roithova, G. Rajaraman, M. Driess, K. Ray, Nucleophilic vs. Electrophilic Reactivity of Bioinspired Super‐oxido Nickel(II) Complexes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 14883-14887.

I. Monte Pérez, X. Engelmann, Y.-M. Lee, M. Yoo, K. Elumalai, E. R. Farquhar, E. Bill, J. England, W. Nam, M. Swart, K. Ray, A Highly Reactive Oxoiron(IV) Complex Supported by a Bioinspired N3O Macrocyclic Ligand, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 14384-14388.

I. Monte-Pérez, S. Kundu, A. Chandra, K. E. Craigo, P. Chernev, U. Kuhlmann, H. Dau, P. Hildebrandt, C. Greco, C. Van Stappen, N. Lehnert, K. Ray, Temperature Dependence of the Catalytic Two- versus Four-Electron Reduction of Dioxygen by a Hexanuclear Cobalt Complex, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 15033-15042.

B. Wang, Y.-M. Lee, W.-Y. Tcho, S. Tussupbayev, S.-T. Kim, Y. Kim, M. S. Seo, K.-B. Cho, Y. Dede, B. C. Keegan, T. Ogura, S. H. Kim, T. Ohta, M.-H. Baik, K. Ray, J. Shearer, W. Nam, Synthesis and reactivity of a mononuclear non-haem cobalt(IV)-oxo complex, Nature Communications 2017, 8, 14839.

Engelmann, S. Yao, E. R. Farquhar, T. Szilvási, U. Kuhlmann, P. Hildebrandt, M. Driess, K. Ray, A New Domain of Reactivity for High-Valent Dinuclear [M(µ-O2M'] Complexes in Oxidation Reactions: X, Angewandte Chemie 2017, 56, 303-307.

K. Ray, F. F. Pfaff, B. Wang, W. Nam, Status of Reactive Non-Heme Metal-Oxygen Intermediates in Chemical and Enzymatic Reactions, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 13942-13958.

F. Heims, F. F. Pfaff, S.-L. Abram, E. R. Farquhar, M. Bruschi, C. Greco, and K. Ray, Redox Non-Innocence of a N-Heterocyclic Nitrenium Cation Bound to a Nickel–Cyclam Core, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 582-585.

S. Kundu, F. F. Pfaff, E. Miceli, I. Zaharieva, C. Herwig, S. Yao, E. R. Farquhar, U. Kuhlmann, E. Bill, P. Hildebrandt, H. Dau, M. Driess, C. Limberg, K. Ray, A High-Valent Heterobimetallic [CuIII(μ-O)2NiIII]2+ Core with Nucleophilic Oxo Groups, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 5622-5626.

S. Kundu, E. Miceli, E. Farquhar, F. F. Pfaff, U. Kuhlmann, P. Hildebrandt, B. Braun, C. Greco, K. Ray, Lewis-acid Trapping of an Elusive Copper-Tosylnitrene Intermediate Using Scandium Triflate, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012, 134, 14710-14713.

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