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Organometallic Chemistry

The reseach group interests deal with several areas of organometallic and coordination chemistry, with specific competences in the field of the organometallic synthesis and catalysis, in the study of new methodologies and sustainable processes of green chemistry, in the development of materials for nanotechnology and electroluminescent devices.

Members:

  • Prof. Valerio Zanotti
  • Prof. Silvia Bordoni
  • Prof. Maria Cristina Cassani
  • Dr. Rita Mazzoni
  • Dr. Stefano Stagni
New iron based organometallic compounds and catalysts
organometallic 1 This research line regards the design and the synthesis of mono- and di-nuclear iron complexes and their reactivity for the promotion of non-conventional reactions and for application in homogeneous catalysis.
Homogeneous catalysis for bio-refinery reactions
organometallic 2 This research line regards the design of homogeneous ruthenium based hydrogenation catalysts and their use in processes for bio-oil valorization as well as the development of new catalytic processes for fine chemical productions by means of transformation of biomass derivatives such as 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF).
Synthesis of N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of silver, rhodium and iron for homogeneous catalysis applications
organometallic 3 This research line regards the design, the synthesis and the study of the reactivity of imidazolium salts and N-heterocyclic carbene complexes silver, rhodium or iron derived to be employed in homogeneous catalyzed reactions such as hydrosilylation of terminal alkynes.
Ionic liquids and metal complexes of N-heterocyclic carbenes as precursors in gold metal nanoparticles synthesis
organometallic 4 Imidazolium salts containing functional groups on the cation or anion represents a class of extremely versatile compounds thanks to the great number of applications within the frameworks of material sciences and catalysis as ionic liquids (IL) or precursors for N-heterocyclic carbene complexes (NHC). In the field of nanosciences they can stabilize and promote the formation of metal nanoparticles (MNPs) with a low polydispersity.
Luminescent metal complexes: from synthesis to application
organometallic 5 Design, synthesis, characterization and application. This four-steps sequence drives us in pursuing our scientific activity that deals with the making of new luminescent metal complexes that can find their application in material science, bioinorganic chemistry, photocatalysis and in the conversion of solar energy.
Diminishing of fossil fuel reserves
organometallic bordoni 1 Diminishing of fossil fuel reserves, hazardous chemicals and wasteful processes have led to the emergence of 'green' technologies .