Research

We are focusing on organometallics and catalysis. Current areas of investigation include synthesis of 3d-transition metal complexes, homogeneous non-noble metal catalysis, and the development of these ideas into sustainable synthetic methods and efficient energy conversion system.

Cobalt Catalysis

Cobalt-catalyzed homogeneous hydride transfer reactions, such as hydroformylation, hydrosilylation, (de)hydrogenation, and olefin isomerization, play a pivotal role in bulky and fine chemicals synthesis. Our research interest is to design novel ligands and catalysts for these cobalt-catalyzed hydride transfer reactions. On this basis, we also implemented mechanistic studies on these transformations to inspire the further rational design of cobalt hydride transfer catalysts.

Manganese Catalysis

Catalytic hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions are among the most important transformations in organic synthesis and industrial production. The pursuit for cheaper, ‘‘green’’, and sustainable catalysis stimulates the development of earth-abundant first-row metal catalysts to replace noble-metal catalysts. Manganese catalysis is particularly impressive owing to its explosive growth within the field of catalytic (de)hydrogenation reactions since 2016. We are dedicated to the development of novel manganese catalytic systems for energy conversion related transformations (e.g. the upgrading ethanol into butanol for advanced biofuel production, the construction of liquid organic hydrogen carrier systems), the catalytic transformation of bio-feedstocks into valuable bulky and fine chemicals, as well as (asymmetric) hydrogenation of challenging unsaturated compounds.