Our group strives to develop new homogeneous transition metal catalysts for use in synthetic chemistry. Catalysis is a crucial area of study, with applications in fine chemicals manufacturing, the petrochemical industry, as well as the drug discovery efforts of medicinal chemistry laboratories.
The core of our research program is organometallic chemistry, an interdisciplinary area that unites the structural diversity of organic molecules with the remarkable reactivity and properties of inorganic compounds. Students have the opportunity to work in many areas, including inorganic synthesis and organic reaction methodology.
Weerasiri, K.C.; Chen, D.; Wozniak, D.I.; Dobereiner, G.E. Internal Alkyne Regio- and Chemoselectivity Using a Zwitterionic N-heterocyclic Carbene Gold Catalyst in a Silver-free Alkyne Hydration Reaction. Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 2016, 358, 4106-4113. DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201601013
Chen, D.; Gau, M.R.; Dobereiner, G.E. Palladium and Platinum Acyl Complexes and Their Lewis Acid Adducts. Experimental and Computational Study of Thermodynamics and Bonding. Organometallics, 2015, 34, 4069-4075. DOI:10.1021/acs.organomet.5b00507
Dobereiner, G.E.; Yuan, J.; Schrock, R.R.; Goldman, A.S.; Hackenberg, J.D. Catalytic Synthesis of n-Alkyl Arenes through Alkyl Group Cross-Metathesis. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135, 12572-12575.
Dobereiner, G.E.; Wu, J.; Manas, M.G.; Schley, N.D.; Takase, M.K.; Crabtree, R.H.; Hazari, N.; Maseras, F.; Nova, A. Mild, Reversible Reaction of Iridium(III) Amido Complexes with Carbon Dioxide. Inorganic Chemistry, 2012,51, 9683-9693.