TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Assistant Prof. Graham de-Ruiter
Chemistry Faculty

de-Ruiter Lab's Project For The Summer

Earth-Abundant Metal Catalysis for Sustainable Small Molecular Activation

Precious metals play an important role in the molecular sciences, in facilitating organic transformations that generate value added products. However, with the increasing need to develop sustainable methodologies, there is a growing need to develop cheap, clean, and new technologies that are based on earth-abundant metal catalyst. However, developing these new methodologies is not trivial and requires bespoke ligand design to meet the specific demands of the earth-abundant metal. 

To this end we have developed several new ligands that are tailored towards manganese and cobalt (Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 494) or iron (J. Am. Chem. Soc2020142, 17131Chem. Catal2021). We have developed a new ligand platform based on a novel pincer platform with a central N-heterocyclic carbene as central moiety.

It is generally well understood that the synthesis of first-frow transition metal pincer complexes with a central N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) moiety is challenging and only a handful (< 5) of complexes were reported in the literature. Students who are interested in in earth-abundant metal catalysis, directed towards C-H bond activation, cross-coupling, and dehydrogenative cross-coupling are encouraged to apply. We provide a dynamic research environment with a strong emphasis on teamwork.  

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