Institut für Anorganische Chemie | Universität Würzburg | D-97074 Würzburg

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



G. Bélanger-Chabot, H. Braunschweig 

Hexahalodiborate Dianions: A New Family of Binary Boron Halides

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201958, 14270–14274[pdf]



A. Hofmann, M.-A. Légaré, L. Wüst, H. Braunschweig 

Heterodiatomic Multiple Bonding in Group 13: A Complex with a Boron-Alumnium π Bond Reduces CO2

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201958, 9776–9781[pdf]




A. Schuhmann, F. Reiß, H. Jiao, J. Rabeah, J.-E. Siewert, I. Krummenacher, H. Braunschweig, C. Hering-Junghans 

A selective route to aryl-triphosphiranes and their titanocene-induced fragmentation

Chem. Sci. 201910, 7859–7867[pdf]




M.-A. Légaré, C. Pranckevicius, H. Braunschweig 

Metallomimetic Chemistry of Boron

Chem. Rev. 2019119, 8231–8261[pdf]




L. Englert, A. Stoy, M. Arrowsmith, J. H. Müssig, M. Thaler, A. Deißenberger, A. Häfner, J. Böhnke, F. Hupp, J. Seufert, J. Mies, A. Damme, T. Dellermann, K. Hammond, T. Kupfer, K. Radacki, T. Thiess, H. Braunschweig 

Stable Lewis Base Adducts of Tetrahalodiboranes: Synthetic Methods and Structural Diversity
Chem. Eur. J. 201925, 8612–8622[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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