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Towards New Manganese-Based Complexes for Catalytic Hydrogenation

Start Date: September 17, 2017 - 12:00 PM
End Date: September 17, 2017 - 12:30 PM

​By Miguel Dinis Veloso Guerreiro
PhD Student

Supervised by Prof. Magnus Rueping
Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

VENUE:  Auditorium 4 & 5

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ABSTRACT:  Over the past decades major progress was achieved in the field of homogeneous catalysis using noble transition metal complexes (Ru, Rh, Ir, Pd, and Pt). Recently the search for new alternatives based on inexpensive, widely abundant and less toxic first row transition metals has gathered a considerable attention from both academia and industry. Manganese due to its natural abundance (the 3rd transition metal in the earth crust after iron and titanium) is one of the major candidates. Complementarily, from an ecological point of view, reductions using molecular hydrogen as reducing agent represent one of the most efficient and atom-economical transformations. Moreover, asymmetric hydrogenation by enabling to prepare single enantiomer compounds from abundant alkene precursors has transformed the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. Based on these two main ideas we set out to discover new manganese based complexes for catalytic hydrogenation.