Field of Work
Homogeneous catalysis enables different chemical source compounds to be selectively converted into valuable secondary products under environmentally compatible and energy-saving conditions. While in organic synthesis mainly carbon-based materials are used as substrates, in recent years inorganic molecules such as N2, O2, water and CO2 have become interesting as source materials for catalytic energy conversion or substance conversion processes, for example in connection with fine chemicals and basic chemicals.
The Plietker working group develops defined catalyst complexes for the above applications and for active agent synthesis in the area of oncology based on easily available metals such as manganese, iron and cobalt, for example.
Bernd Plietker was born in Gronau/Westphalia in 1971 and studied chemistry at the University of Münster as well as TU Dresden. After postdoc periods at the universities of Stockholm and Stanford, he habilitated from 2001 to 2005 in the field of organic chemistry at the University of Dortmund, where he initially ran a Liebig Junior Research Group and later an Emmy Noether Junior Research Group. He has been a professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the University of Stuttgart since 2007.
Prof. Plietker is the editor or two books on iron catalysis and the editor responsible for the new edition of Science-of-Synthesis (Houben-Weyl).