I-2   Prof. Matthias Beller, LIKAT Rostock

Dream Reactions for a Sustainable Chemistry: From Vision to Reality

Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller*

*Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. (LIKAT Rostock), Albert-Einstein-Str. 29a, 18059 Rostock, Germany – www.catalysis.de ↗

Despite numerous important methodological advancements in all areas of chemistry, still most organic synthesis as well as the industrial production of chemicals can be improved.

Currently, more than 80% of all products of the chemical industry are made via catalysis. In this regard, the development of new and more efficient catalysts constitutes a key factor for achieving a sustainable production of all kinds of chemicals today and in the future. Here, several major challenges will be presented in the talk; e.g. the use of mixtures for the synthesis of bulk chemicals. Furthermore, it will be shown that recently developed molecular-defined as well as nano-structured cobalt and iron catalysts enable us to perform catalytic hydrogenation processes with high yields and unprecedented selectivity. Specific examples which demonstrate the potential of catalytic processes with bio-relevant metal complexes compared to more traditional catalytic reactions will include hydrogenations and dehydrogenations as well as applications in the energy sector. In the future, also for industrial processes improved economics based on the presented novel catalysts might be expected.

Selected references

  • F. Westerhaus, R. Jagadeesh, G. Wienhöfer, M.-M. Pohl, J. Radnik, A.-E. Surkus, K. Junge, H. Junge, M. Beller, Nature Chem. 2013, 5, 607–612.
  • M. Nielsen, A. Kammer, D. Cozzula, H. Junge, S. Gladiali, M. Beller, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 9593–9597.
  • M. Nielsen, E. Alberico, W. Baumann, H.-J. Drexler, H. Junge, S. Gladiali, M. Beller, Nature 2013, 494, 85–89.
  • A. Boddien, C. Federsel, P. Sponholz, R. Jackstell, H. Junge, G. Laurenczy, M. Beller, Chem. Envir. Sci. 2012, 5, 8907–8911.
  • A. Boddien, D. Mellmann, F. Gärtner, R. Jackstell, H. Junge, P. J. Dyson, G. Laurenczy, R. Ludwig, M. Beller, Science 2011, 333, 1733–1736.

Curriculum Vitae

Matthias Beller, born 1962 in Gudensberg, studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he completed his PhD thesis in 1989 in the group of Prof. Tietze. As recipient of a Liebig scholarship, he then spent a one-year in the group of Prof. Sharpless at the MIT. From 1991 to 1995, Beller was an employee of Hoechst AG in Frankfurt, where he directed the "Homogeneous Catalysis" project in the company's central research unit. In 1996 he moved to the Technical University of München as C3 Professor for Inorganic Chemistry. In 1998 he relocated to the University of Rostock to head the Institute for Organic Catalysis (IfOK). Since 2006 Matthias Beller is director of the newly formed Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis. His scientific work has been so far published in 600 original publications and review articles. In addition, 100 patent applications have been filed in the last decade.

Matthias Beller has received several awards such as the Otto-Roelen Medal (1997), the Merck-Frost-Lectureship (2002), the Novartis-Chemistry-Lectureship (2002), the Degussa-Lecturer (2003), the Novo Nordisk-Lecturer (2005), and in 2006 the Leibniz-Price of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. In 2006 he was also awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year" of the city of Rostock and he received the German Federal Cross of Merit. In 2010, he received the first "European price for Sustainable Chemistry" and the "Paul-Rylander Award" of the Organic Reaction Catalysis Society of the US.

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