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



S. Hagspiel, F. Fantuzzi, R. D. Dewhurst, A. Gärtner, F. Lindl, A. Lamprecht, H. Braunschweig

Adducts of the Parent Boraphosphaketene H2BPCO and their Decarbonylative Insertion Chemistry

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 13666–13670. [pdf]




T. Brückner, F. Fantuzzi, T. E. Stennett, I. Krummenacher, R. D. Dewhurst, B. Engels, H. Braunschweig

Isolation of Neutral, Mono-, and Dicationic B2P2 Rings by Diphosphorus Addition to a Boron-Boron Triple Bond

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 13661–13665. [pdf]




M. Fischer, S. Nees, T. Kupfer, J. T. Goettel, H. Braunschweig, C. Hering-Junghans

Isolable Phospha- and Arsaalumenes

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 4106–4111. [pdf]




Y. –M. Tian, X.-N. Guo, H. Braunschweig, U. Radius, T. B. Marder

Photoinduced Borylation for the Synthesis of Organoboron Compounds

Chem. Rev. 2021, 121, 3561–3597. [pdf]




J. Krebs, M. Haehnel, I. Krummenacher, A. Friedrich, H. Braunschweig, M. Finze, L. Ji, T. B. Marder

Synthesis and Structure of an o-Carboranyl-substituted Three-coordinate Borane Radical Anion
Chem. Eur. J. 202127, 8159–8167. [pdf]


Also visit our homepage for our newly-established research institute - the Institute for Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis with Boron (ICB), and the official website for our ERC Advanced Grant project MULTIBB.