Unit D
Catalysis with electronically activated molecules

The central objective is to drive or control challenging chemical processes via the electronic excitation of molecules that are otherwise unfavorable under ambient reaction conditions. Electronic excitation will be achieved by light absorption or cathodic electron injection for selective transformations of substrates into value-added chemicals.

There, we will develop photo(electro)catalytic reactions in non-aqueous environments inspired by Unit B, to enable the reduction of challenging element-organic substrates containing stable E=O (e.g., P=O) and E-O bonds (e.g., Si-O). In this way, we aim to re-activate functional compounds which are key building blocks for various chemical transformations.

The efforts to identify similarities between coupling mechanisms and those of light-driven and light-controlled biocatalytic systems interconnect D with Units B and E.

Team

Antonietti, Markus
Colloid and polymer chemistry, synthesis of solid catalysts

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Dau, Holger
X-ray spectroscopy

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Driess, Matthias
Molecular synthesis, chemical catalysis, main group chemistry

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Matera, Sebastian
Computational chemistry, multiscale modeling

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Pieber, Bartolomäus
Organic reaction engineering, microfluidic photoreactors

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Roldan, Beatriz
Surface science, electrochemistry

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Saalfrank, Peter
Theoretical chemistry, quantum chemistry, dynamics

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Schlögl, Robert
Catalyst characterization by operando-spectroscopy and EM

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Schomäcker, Reinhard
Photocatalyst performance, kinetic studies, photoreactor design

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Seeberger,  Peter
Microfluidic photoreactors

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Strasser, Peter
Electrochemistry

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Thomas, Arne
Synthesis of photo(electro)catalysts

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van de Krol, Roel
Transient spectroscopy, photoelectrodes

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Weidinger, Inez
Raman spectroscopy

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Contact Unit D

Prof. Dr. Matthias Driess
TU Berlin
Institute of Chemistry, Office C 2
Straße des 17. Juni 115
10623 Berlin
+49 (0)30 314-29731
matthias.driess(at)tu-berlin.de