Overarching goal & main approaches

The overarching goal of our research program is the sustainable advancement of organic chemistry by targeting more efficient syntheses of chemicals based on cooperative catalytic reactions and complex systems chemistry; and by the advancement of catalysis based on a detailed mechanistic understanding of these processes at the molecular level. In our research, we directly focus on chemical transformations of practical value, for which there are no satisfactory alternatives, or the existing methods remain cumbersome and wasteful, and hence unsustainable. Overall, three intertwined and complementary lines of research can be distinguished in the program, that is:

(i) multicatalysis via embedding cooperative reactions into artificial metabolic-like systems

(ii) mechanistically driven discovery of new valuable catalytic transformations

(iii) addressing the limitations of known key catalytic processes based on elucidating their mechanistic features