The Braunschweig Group

Research in the Braunschweig group covers a wide range of organometallic and main group element chemistry. Motivation for our work arises from the fundamental interest in novel molecular species, and much emphasis lies with the elucidation of their detailed electronic structure and reactivity patterns, thus disclosing potential applications in organic synthesis, catalysis, or materials science. Commonly, sophisticated synthetic protocols, as well as state-of-the-art analytical and computational methods are applied to meet these goals. Significant achievements over the past decades were made in various independent, highly topical and competitive sub-areas of (i) organometallic chemistry such as metal boron complexes (borane, boryl, borylene, boride, oxoboryl), metallo-arenophanes, or metal-only Lewis pairs, and (ii) main group element chemistry such as novel boron heterocycles (boroles, azaborinines, etc.) and boron boron multiple bonded species (diborenes, diborynes).

The homepage for our newly-established research institute - the Institute for Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis with Boron (ICB) is now online. 

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Selected Recent Publications

  • M. Arrowsmith, H. Braunschweig, M. A. Celik, T. Dellermann, R. D. Dewhurst, W. C. Ewing, K. Hammond, T. Kramer, I. Krummenacher, J. Mies, K. Radacki, J. K. Schuster
    Neutral Low-Valent s-Block Complexes with Strong Multiple Bonding
    Nature Chem.  20168, 890894. [pdf]

  • H. Kelch, S. Kachel, M. A. Celik, B. Wennemann, K. Radacki, A. R. Petrov, M. Tamm, H. Braunschweig 

    Elucidating the Reactivity of Vicinal Dicarbenoids: from Lewis Adduct Formation to B—C Bond Activation
    Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 13815–13818. [pdf]

  • H. Braunschweig, S. Demeshko, W. C. Ewing, I. Krummenacher, B. B. Macha, J. D. Mattock, F. Meyer, J. Mies, M. Schäfer, A. Vargas
    A Bimetallic 1,1'-Bis(boratabenzene) Complex: Unprecedented Intramolecular Metal-Metal Communication Through a B—B Bond 
    Angew. Chem. 2016128, 7839–7842[pdf] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201655, 7708–7711[pdf]

  • H. Braunschweig, P. Constantinidis, T. Dellermann, W. C. Ewing, I. Fischer, M. Hess, F. R. Knight, A. Rempel, C. Schneider, S. Ullrich, A. Vargas, J. D. Woollins
    Highly Strained Heterocycles Constructed from Boron-Boron Multiple Bonds and Heavy Chalcogens
    Angew. Chem. 2016128, 5697–5700[pdf] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201655, 5606–5609[pdf]

  • H. Braunschweig, M. A. Celik, R. D. Dewhurst, S. Kachel, B. Wennemann
    Mild and complete carbonyl ligand scission on a mononuclear transition metal complex
    Angew. Chem. 2016, 128, 5160–5164; [pdf] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 5076–5080. [pdf]