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).

Selected Recent Publications

A. Hofmann, C. Pranckevicius, T. Tröster, H. Braunschweig 

Aluminum(I)/Boron(III) Redox Reactions

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 3625–3629. [pdf]


A. Deißenberger, E. Welz, R. Drescher, I. Krummenacher, R. D. Dewhurst, B. Engels, H. Braunschweig 

A New Class of Neutral Boron-Based Diradicals Spanned by a Two-Carbon-Atom Bridge

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 1842–1846. [pdf]


J. K. Schuster, D. K. Roy, C. Lenczyk, J. Mies, H. Braunschweig 

New Outcomes of Beryllium Chemistry: Lewis Base Adducts for Salt Elimination Reactions

Inorg. Chem. 2019, 58, 2652–2658. [pdf]


T. E. Stennett, R. Bertermann, H. Braunschweig 

Construction of Linear and Branched Tetraboranes by 1,1- and 1,2-Diboration of Diborenes

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 15896–15901. [pdf]


Y.-M. Tian, X.-N. Guo, M. Kuntze-Fechner, I. Krummenacher, H. Braunschweig, U. Radius, A. Steffen, T. B. Marder 

Selective Photocatalytic C-F Borylation of Polyfluoroarenes by Rh/Ni Dual Catalysis Providing Valuable Fluorinated Arylboronate Esters
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 17612–17623. [pdf]

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

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