The newly established EuroTech Working Group on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is launching a biweekly online seminar series: Every other Wednesday, the group is offering a one-hour talk open to all. Join us on 7 July for the seventh talk:

Prof. Graham de Ruiter 
Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Noble Metal Like Catalysis with Iron:
One Carbon Atom Makes All the Difference

The continuous effort to present a more sustainable outlook for future generations has led to a renaissance in the use of earth-abundant metals in homogenous catalysis. Their natural abundance, low-toxicity, and ready availability have been strong incentives to replace their less environmentally friendly noble metal counterparts. In addition, the smaller ionic radii, and typically high-spin electronic structure have resulted in unique reactivity that can be otherwise hard to realize with their heavier congeners. Nonetheless, there are only a few examples of earth-abundant metal catalyst that can achieve noble-metal like reactivity. In this lecture, we will review earth-abundant metal ligand design and demonstrate how the addition of one carbon atom can make all the difference between a mediocre and an excellent catalyst. We will use our recently developed PCNHCP iron complexes as example where we will also explore the effect of oxidation and spin-state on the reactivity of these complexes in a variety of transformations including in alkene isomerization, C−H bond activation, and in hydrogen isotope exchange.

With the permission of the speaker, this talk has been recorded. You can find the recording on Youtube.

Practical information

Date: Wednesday, 7 July 2021
Time: 15:00-16:00 CET
Location: Zoom link
Registration: is not required


This event is open to all.


If you have any questions, please contact Professor Fausto Gallucci of Eindhoven University of Technology.

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Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
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