Our research centres on the synthesis of new catalysts and the catalysis of novel organic reactions and lies at the interface of organic and inorganic chemistry. In our group the development of novel synthetic methodology goes hand in hand with catalyst development, mechanistic investigation and computational investigation.


A particular focus is on increasing sustainability in catalytic transformations, and this is reflected in three of our major research themes:

(i) replacing scarce platinum group metal-based catalysts with catalysts based on more Earth-abundant elements, in particular iron and cobalt

(ii) developing new organic reactions that proceed via catalytic C-H activation

(iii) exploring the mechanisms of homogeneous catalytic reactions in order to improve performance and selectivity

Flow cell and setup for time-resolved XAS of homogeneous catalysis