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Special Issue "Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2017).
Prof. Dr. Rajendra S. Ghadwal Website E-Mail
Molecular Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Fakultät für Chemie, Universität Bielefeld, Universitätsstr. 25, Bielefeld, D-33615, Germany
Phone: (+49) 521-106-6167
Fax: (+49) 521-106-6026;
Interests: carbon-donor ligands; organometallic catalysis; open-shell (nontransition metals) molecules; molecular materials derived from stable radicals/π-conjugated systems; small molecule activation and functionalization; low-valent main-group chemistry; main-group catalysis; computational calculations; multireference methods
Small molecules such as N2, O2, and CO2 are ubiquitous and frequently take part in element cycles and various metabolic processes. Moreover, these molecules are abundant reservoirs of chemical energy. Selective functionalization (and derivatization) of such molecules (including CO and CH4) into value-added products, as well as developing energy-efficient strategies for H2 production, holds promise for addressing current sustainability issues. Such small molecules, however, feature rather inert bonds and their activation depends largely on overcoming often quite significant kinetic barriers. New catalytic approaches of small molecule activation and their efficient utilization are therefore of high interest.
Innovative strategies of small molecule activation and functionalization are very important and highly desired for developing more economic and environmentally more benign synthetic methods. This special issue on “Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis” aims to compile cutting-edge research in small molecule activation and functionalization mediated by molecular species (main group and transition metal compounds), either in a sub-stoichiometric or catalytic fashion. Experimental and theoretical findings underlining the fundamental principles of small molecule activation and functionalization will be emphasized. Topics including (i) functionalization of organic substrates by using CO2 and CO (e.g., carbonylation); (ii) use of CO2 as a C1-feedstock; (iii) selective C–H bond functionalization with O2, N2O, NH3; (iv) N2 (NO and N2O) binding and reduction, (v) O2 binding and activation, and (vi) catalytic H2O splitting will be covered. Original results providing new insights into small molecule activation and catalytic transformations are particularly welcome.
Dr. Rajendra S. Ghadwal
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- Small molecules
- Bond activation and functionalization
- Theoretical study
- Mechanistic insight
- Carbon dioxide reduction
- CO2 sequestration
- Carbon monoxide reduction
- Dihydrogen splitting
- Dihydrogen generation
- Oxidation with N2O or O2
- C–H bond activation/ functionalization of CH4