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Holger Braunschweig

Catalysis 2019
Holger Braunschweig, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences
Julius-Maximilians-Universit├Ąt W├╝rzburg, Germany
Title : Borametallomimetics Activation of small molecules by Low valent Boron species


The activation of small molecules is generally associated with transition metals (TM) and constitutes the basis of catalysis. It was believed that TM catalysts are required to facilitate processes such as the activation of H2 and other unreactive substrates. However, recent years have witnessed exciting developments in main group element chemistry, and the discovery of carbenes, FLPs and heavy main group species that are capable of TM-like activation reactions. Our ongoing studies on borylenes, diborenes, and diborynes have shown that these low-valent species exhibit a very rich chemistry, which is distinctly different from that of common compounds deriving from boron in oxidation state +3. Particularly interesting is the metal-like behavior of some borylenes and diborynes, which form CO complexes analogous to TMs, bind H2 and unsaturated organic substrates under mild conditions and even activate N


Prof. Holger Braunschweig is Chair and Head of Inorganic Chemistry at the Julius-MaximiliansUniversität Würzburg, where is also member of the Senate and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis with Boron (ICB). Braunschweig’s research in the field of boron and main group chemistry has been published in over 500 publications. In 2009 Braunschweig was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz award of the DFG – the highest German-based research prize. He is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), and the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences.