Wellcome to SFB 706

Oxidation of C-H bonds is of great importance in the laboratory, in industrial processes, and in the metabolism of living cells.

Molecular oxygen has only been of limited use in catalytic oxidations as the oxygen molecule does not react readily without suitable activation. Moreover, selectivity is mostly poor.

The aim of the SFB 706 is to turn oxygen into an broad-range and sustainable oxidation reagent in heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis and in biocatalysis. By the use of suitable spectroscopic and theoretical methods a picture of catalysis on a molecular level is to be obtained, thus allowing the development of improved catalysts.