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Hermann A. Wegner, Ph.D.

Posted on November 13, 2020


Date - November 13, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Justus Liebig University
Giessen, Germany
Talk Title: Bidentate Lewis Acid Catalysis


The synthesis and control of structure on the molecular level allows designing properties to address fundamental questions in chemistry and to develop new materials. In this presentation recent results of my group in the area of bisboron catalysis will be highlighted.

The utilization of bidentate Lewis acids as catalysts is inspired by Nature, who relies on multiple interactions in their catalytic active sites. With this concept we could show for the first time a catalytic Diels-Alder reaction of 1,2-diazenes and also its incorporation in domino processes. Recently, we could extend the scope also for the activation of CO2 and the release of H2 from ammonia borane. The genesis as well as latest results are presented.


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