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. Stoy, M. Härterich, R. D. Dewhurst, J. O. Jimenez-Halla, P. Endres, M. Eißelein, T. Kupfer, A. Deissenberger, T. Thiess, H. Braunschweig

Evidence for Borylene Carbonyl (LHB=C=O) and Base-Stabilized (LHB=O) and Base-Free Oxoborane (RB≡O) Intermediates in the Reactions of Diborenes with CO2
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022144, 3376-3380. [pdf]



S. Fuchs, A, Jayaraman, I. Krummenacher, L. Haley, M. Baštovanović, M. Fest, K. Radacki, H. Helten, H. Braunschweig

Diboramacrocycles: reversible borole dimerisation-dissociation systems
Chem. Sci. 202213, 2932-2938. [pdf]



A. K. Swain, K. Radacki, H. Braunschweig, P. Ravat

Pyrene-Fused [7]Helicenes Connected via Hexagonal and Heptagonal Rings: Stereospecific Synthesis and Chiroptical Properties

J. Org. Chem. 202287, 993-1000. [pdf] 



J. Selby, M. Holzapfel, K. Radacki, A. K. Swaina, H. Braunschweig, C. Lambert

Polymeric Indolenine-Squaraine Foldamers with a Preferred Helix Twist Sense and their Chiroptical Absorption and Emission Properties
Macromolecules 202255, 421-436[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. 202160, 13661-13665[pdf]