Organometallic Synthesis & Catalysis


Principal Investigator

2015·Now Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Bern
2009·2015 Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University College Dublin, Ireland
2003·2009 Alfred Werner Assistant Professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
2002·2003 Postdoc Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Basel Switzerland (Coating Effects)
2001·2002 Postdoc Yale University, USA (R. H. Crabtree)
1996·2000 PhD Utrecht University, Netherlands (G. van Koten)
1991·1996 MSc Chemistry, University of Bern
2016 GIAN fellow (Indian Minstery of Human Resource Development)
2015 CATSA eminent visitor (Catalysis Society South Africa)
2013 ERC Consolidator Grant
2013 Bessel Research Award (Humboldt Foundation)
2011 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
2008 Visiting Professor (University of Otago, New Zealand)
2007 ERC Starting Grant
2002 Alfred Werner Assistant Professorship (Alfred Werner Foundation)
2000 Bakker Prize for PhD thesis (KNCV, Royal Dutch Chemical Society)


  • Martin Albrecht
    Martin Albrecht
  • Joe Byrne
  • Nathalie Ségaud
  • Chloë Johnson
  • Vera Rosar
  • Matteo Planchestainer
  • Rachael Heath
  • Karst Lenzen
  • Marta Olivares
  • Simone Bertini
  • Philipp Melle
  • Kevin Salzmann





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2015/03 "Tail" Tuning of Iron(II) Spin Crossover Temperature by 100 K
Inorg. Chem., 54, 2902-2909
Feltham, Humphrey L. C.; Johnson, Chloë; Elliott, Anastasia B. S.; Gordon, Keith C.; Albrecht, Martin; Brooker, Sally
2015/08 Adaptive N-Mesoionic Ligands Anchored to a Triazolylidene for Ruthenium-Mediated (De)Hydrogenation Catalysis
Organometallics, 34, 4076-4084
Donnelly, Kate F.; Segarra, Candela; Shao, Li-Xiong; Suen, Rachelle; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2015/03 Controlling the Selectivity of C-H Activation in Pyridinium Triazolylidene Iridium Complexes: Mechanistic Details and Influence of Remote Substituents
Organometallics, 34, 858-869
Donnelly, Kate F.; Lalrempuia, Ralte; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Clot, Eric; Albrecht, Martin
2015/01 Iridium, ruthenium, and palladium complexes containing a mesoionic fused imidazolylidene ligand
J. Organomet. Chem., 775, 117-123
Petronilho, Ana; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2015/06 Iridium-mediated Bond Activation and Water Oxidation as an Exemplary Case of CARISMA, A European Network for the Development of Catalytic Routines for Small Molecule Activation
Chimia, 69, 316-320
Licini, Giulia; Albrecht, Martin
2015/10 Ligand Exchange Processes in Abnormal N-heterocyclic Carbene Rhodium Complexes
Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem., 641, 2250-2257
Krüger, Anneke; Michaud, Gaëlle; Dowling, Aoife; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2015/05 Predictable adjustment of spin crossover temperature in solutions of iron(III) complexes functionalized with alkyl-urea tails
J. Mater. Chem. C, 3, 7883-7889
Johnson, Chloë J.; Morgan, Grace G.; Albrecht, Martin
2015/09 Ruthenium(0) complexes with triazolylidene spectator ligands: Oxidative activation for (de)hydrogenation catalysis
J. Organomet. Chem., 793, 256-262
Cesari, Cristiana; Mazzoni, Rita; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2015/04 Silver(I) NHC mediated C-C bond activation of alkyl nitriles and catalytic efficiency in oxazoline synthesis
Chem. Commun., 51, 8699-8701
Heath, Rachael; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2015/12 Synthesis, Isomerization, and Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation Activity of Rhodium(III) Complexes Containing Both Chelating Dicarbenes and Diphosphine Ligands
Organometallics, 34, 5723-5733
Farrell, Kevin; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2014/02 Bimetallic Iridium-Carbene Complexes with Mesoionic Triazolylidene Ligands for Water Oxidation Catalysis
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2014, 708-714
Petronilho, Ana; Woods, James A.; Bernhard, Stefan; Albrecht, Martin
2014/07 Carbene iridium complexes for efficient water oxidation: scope and mechanistic insights
Energy Environ. Sci., 7, 2316-2328
Woods, James A.; Lalrempuia, Ralte; Petronilho, Ana; McDaniel, Neal D.; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin; Bernhard, Stefan
2014/10 Catalytic and Organometallic Chemistry of Earth-Abundant Metals
Organometallics, 33, 5619-5621
Albrecht, Martin; Bedford, Robin; Plietker, Bernd
2013/10 Dinuclear ruthenium complexes containing a new ditopic phthalazin-bis(triazole) ligand that promotes metal-metal interactions
New J. Chem., 38, 1980-1987
Aguiló, Joan; Naeimi, Atena; Bofill, Roger; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Llobet, Antoni; Escriche, Lluís; Sala, Xavier; Albrecht, Martin
2014/11 Iridium Complexes Containing Mesoionic C Donors: Selective C(sp(3))-H versus C(sp(2))-H Bond Activation, Reactivity Towards Acids and Bases, and Catalytic Oxidation of Silanes and Water
Chem. Eur. J., 20, 15775-84
Petronilho, Ana; Woods, James A; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Bernhard, Stefan; Albrecht, Martin
2014/12 Ligand Exchange and Redox Processes in Iridium Triazolylidene Complexes Relevant to Catalytic Water Oxidation
Inorg. Chem., 53, 12896-12901
Petronilho, Ana; Llobet, Antoni; Albrecht, Martin
2014/10 Mesoionic Triazolylidene Nickel Complexes: Synthesis, Ligand Lability, and Catalytic C-C Bond Formation Activity
Organometallics, 33, 5834-5844
Wei, Yingfei; Petronilho, Ana; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2014/10 Chapter Two - Normal and Abnormal N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands: Similarities and Differences of Mesoionic C-Donor Complexes
Adv. Organomet. Chem., 62, 111-158
Albrecht, Martin; Pérez, Pedro J.
2014/07 Solvent-Dependent Switch of Ligand Donor Ability and Catalytic Activity of Ruthenium(II) Complexes Containing Pyridinylidene Amide (PYA) N-Heterocyclic Carbene Hybrid Ligands
Inorg. Chem., 53, 8054-8060
Leigh, Vivienne; Carleton, Daniel J.; Olguin, Juan; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Wright, L. James; Albrecht, Martin
2014/02 Springloaded porphyrin NHC hybrid rhodium(III) complexes: carbene dissociation and oxidation catalysis
Chem. Commun., 50, 3488-3490
Olguín, Juan; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2013/12 Synthesis and catalytic alcohol oxidation and ketone transfer hydrogenation activity of donor-functionalized mesoionic triazolylidene ruthenium(II) complexes
Dalton Trans., 43, 4462-4473
Delgado-Rebollo, Manuela; Canseco-Gonzalez, Daniel; Hollering, Manuela; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2014/05 Synthesis of pincer-type N-heterocyclic carbene palladium complexes with a hemilabile ligand and their application in cross-coupling catalysis
J. Organomet. Chem., 771, 33-39
Leigh, Vivienne; Ghattas, Wadih; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2014/10 Synthesis, structural, photophysical and electrochemical studies of various d-metal complexes of btp [2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine] ligands that give rise to the formation of metallo-supramolecular gels
Dalton Trans., 43, 196-209
Byrne, Joseph P.; Kitchen, Jonathan A.; Kotova, Oxana; Leigh, Vivienne; Bell, Alan P.; Boland, John J.; Albrecht, Martin; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur
2014/03 Transfer Hydrogenation Catalysis by a N- Heterocyclic Carbene Iridium Complex on a Polyoxometalate Platform
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2014, 2356-2360
Modugno, Gloria; Monney, Angèle; Bonchio, Marcella; Albrecht, Martin; Carraro, Mauro
2012/11 Application of 1,2,3-triazolylidenes as versatile NHC-type ligands: synthesis, properties, and application in catalysis and beyond
Chem. Commun., 49, 1145-1159
Donnelly, Kate F.; Petronilho, Ana; Albrecht, Martin
2013/07 Carbene Transfer from Triazolylidene Gold Complexes as a Potent Strategy for Inducing High Catalytic Activity
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 13193-13203
Canseco-Gonzalez, Daniel; Petronilho, Ana; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Ohmatsu, Kohsuke; Ooi, Takashi; Albrecht, Martin
2013/11 Efficient Electronic Communication of Two Ruthenium Centers through a Rigid Ditopic N-Heterocyclic Carbene Linker
Chem. Eur. J., 19, 17517-17527
Nussbaum, Michael; Schuster, Oliver; Albrecht, Martin
2013/08 Near Infrared (NIR) Lanthanide Emissive Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayers Formed Using Nd(III) Directed Self-Assembly Synthesis of Chiral Amphiphilic Ligands
Langmuir, 29, 11506-11515
Barry, Dawn E.; Kitchen, Jonathan A.; Albrecht, Martin; Faulkner, Stephen; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur
2013/02 Peptide-tethered monodentate and chelating histidylidene metal complexes: synthesis and application in catalytic hydrosilylation
Dalton Trans., 42, 5655-5660
Monney, Angèle; Nastri, Flavia; Albrecht, Martin
2012/11 Platinum(II) and platinum(IV) complexes stabilized by abnormal/mesoionic C4-bound dicarbenes
Dalton Trans., 42, 4197-4207
Khlebnikov, Vsevolod; Heckenroth, Marion; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2013/04 Synthesis, Photo-, and Electrochemistry of Ruthenium Bis(bipyridine) Complexes Comprising a N-heterocyclic Carbene Ligand
Inorg. Chem., 52, 5395-5402
Leigh, Vivienne; Ghattas, Wadih; Lalrempuia, Ralte; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Pryce, Mary T.; Albrecht, Martin
2013/01 Transition metal bioconjugates with an organometallic link between the metal and the biomolecular scaffold
Coord. Chem. Rev., 257, 2420-2433
Monney, Angèle; Albrecht, Martin
2013/01 Wingtip substituents tailor the catalytic activity of ruthenium triazolylidene complexes in base-free alcohol oxidation
Dalton Trans., 42, 7424-7432
Canseco-Gonzalez, Daniel; Albrecht, Martin
2012/09 A chelating tetrapeptide rhodium complex comprised of a histidylidene residue: biochemical tailoring of an NHC-Rh hydrosilylation catalyst
Chem. Commun., 48, 10960-10962
Monney, Angèle; Albrecht, Martin
2012/02 A magnetic iron(III) switch with controlled and adjustable thermal response for solution processing
Dalton Trans., 41, 3726-3730
Gandolfi, Claudio; Morgan, Grace G.; Albrecht, Martin
2011/11 Chelating C4-Bound Imidazolylidene Complexes through Oxidative Addition of Imidazolium Salts to Palladium(0)
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2012, 1394-1402
Krüger, Anneke; Kluser, Evelyne; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2011/12 Circularly Polarized Lanthanide Luminescence from Langmuir-Blodgett Films Formed from Optically Active and Amphiphilic EuIII-Based Self-Assembly Complexes
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51, 704-708
Kitchen, Jonathan A.; Barry, Dawn E.; Mercs, Laszlo; Albrecht, Martin; Peacok, Roberto D.; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur
2012/04 Inducing hysteretic spin crossover in solution
Dalton Trans., 41, 461-7463
Martinho, Paulo N.; Ortin, Yannick; Gildea, Brendan; Gandolfi, Claudio; McKerr, George; O'Hagan, Barry; Albrecht, Martin; Morgan, Grace G.
2012/05 Mesoionic oxides: facile access from triazolium salts or triazolylidene copper precursors, and catalytic relevance
Chem. Commun., 48, 6499-6501
Petronilho, Ana; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2011/09 N-Heterocyclic carbene bonding to cobalt porphyrin complexes
Inorg. Chim. Acta., 380, 90-95
Albrecht, Martin; Maji, Pathik; Häusl, Christina; Monney, Angèle; Müller-Bunz, Helge
2012/01 Palladium Carbene Complexes for Selective Alkene Di- and Oligomerization
Organometallics, 31, 976-986
Khlebnikov, Vsevolod; Meduri, Angelo; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Montini, Tiziano; Fornasiero, Paolo; Zangrando, Ennio; Milani, Barbara; Albrecht, Martin
2012/03 PEPPSI-Type Palladium Complexes Containing Basic 1,2,3-Triazolylidene Ligands and Their Role in Suzuki-Miyaura Catalysis
Chem. Eur. J., 18, 6055-6062
Canseco-Gonzalez, Daniel; Gniewek, Andrzej; Szulmanowicz, Michal; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Trzeciak, Anna M.; Albrecht, Martin
2012/05 Photolytic water oxidation catalyzed by a molecular carbene iridium complex
Dalton Trans., 41, 13074-13080
Petronilho, Ana; Rahman, Mahfujur; Woods, James A.; Al-Sayyed, Haris; Müller-Bunz, Helge; MacElroy, J. M. Don; Bernhard, Stefan; Albrecht, Martin
2012/11 Regioselective Electrophilic C-H Bond Activation in Triazolylidene Metal Complexes Containing a N-Bound Phenyl Substituent
Organometallics, 31, 8414-8419
Donnelly, Kate F.; Lalrempuia, Ralte; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2011/12 Rhodium Carbene Complexes as Versatile Catalyst Precursors for Si-H Bond Activation
Chem. Eur. J., 18, 652-658
Krüger, Anneke; Albrecht, Martin
2012/05 Stereospecific synthesis and catalytic activity of L-histidylidene metal complexes
Dalton Trans., 41, 8813-8821
Monney, Angèle; Alberico, Elisabetta; Ortin, Yannick; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Gladiali, Serafino; Albrecht, Martin
2012/05 Synthesis of a sterically modulated pyridine-NHC palladium complex and its reactivity towards ethylene
New J. Chem., 36, 1552-1555
Khlebnikov, Vsevolod; Meduri, Angelo; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Milani, Barbara; Albrecht, Martin
2011/08 Abnormal N-heterocyclic Carbenes: More than Just Exceptionally Strong Donor Ligands
Aust. J. Chem., 64, 1113-1117
Krüger, Anneke; Albrecht, Martin
2011/09 Abnormal NHC Palladium Complexes: Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity
Curr. Org. Chem., 15, 3325-3336
Poulain, Aurelie; Iglesias, Manuel; Albrecht, Martin
2010/10 Catalytic Hydrogenation Using Abnormal N-Heterocyclic Carbene Palladium Complexes: Catalytic Scope and Mechanistic Insights
ChemCatChem, 3, 167-173
Heckenroth, Marion; Khlebnikov, Vsevolod; Neels, Antonia; Schurtenberger, Peter; Albrecht, Martin
2011/05 Cleavage of unreactive bonds with pincer metal complexes
Dalton Trans., 40, 8733-8744
Albrecht, Martin; Lindner, Monika M.
2011/02 Comparison of carbene and imidazole bonding to a copper(I) center
J. Organomet. Chem., 696, 2882-2885
Wyer, Elsbeth; Gucciardo, Gabriele; Leigh, Vivienne; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2011/09 Methyltransferase Activity of an Iridium Center with Methylpyridinium as Methylene Source
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 50, 9969-9972
Lalrempuia, Ralte; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2011/10 Modulating the Steric, Electronic, and Catalytic Properties of Cp* Ruthenium Half-Sandwich Complexes with beta-Diketiminato Ligands
Organometallics, 30, 6119-6132
Phillips, Andrew D.; Thommes, Katrin; Scopelliti, Rosario; Gandolfi, Claudio; Albrecht, Martin; Severin, Kay; Schreibert, Dominique F.; Dydson, Paul J.
2010/11 Non-classical N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes
N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: From Laboratory Curiosities To Efficient Synthetic Tools, 134-165
Krüger, Anneke; Albrecht, Martin; DiezGonzalez, S
2011/08 Normal and abnormal carbene complexes derived from thiazole: Preparation and a preliminary investigation of their relative catalytic performance
Polyhedron, 30, 2776-2782
Stander-Grobler, Elzet; Schuster, Oliver; Strasser, Christoph E.; Albrecht, Martin; Cronje, Stephanie; Raubenheimer, Helgard G.
2011/02 Oxidations and Oxidative Couplings Catalyzed by Triazolylidene Ruthenium Complexes
Organometallics, 30, 1162-1167
Prades, Amparo; Peris, Eduardo; Albrecht, Martin
2011/08 Probing Intermetallic Coupling in Dinuclear N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ruthenium(II) Complexes
Inorg. Chem., 50, 8188-8196
Mercs, Laszlo; Neels, Antonia; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen; Albrecht, Martin
2011/08 Smooth C(alkyl)-H bond activation in rhodium complexes comprising abnormal carbene ligands
Dalton Trans., 40, 9911-9920
Krüger, Anneke; Häller, L. Jonas L.; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Serada, Olha; Neels, Antonia; Macgregor, Stuart A.; Albrecht, Martin
2011/02 Synthesis and catalytic activity of histidine-based NHC ruthenium complexes
Dalton Trans., 40, 2716-2719
Monney, Angèle; Venkatachalam, Galmari; Albrecht, Martin
2011/02 Synthesis and self-assembly of spin-labile and redox-active manganese(III) complexes
Dalton Trans., 40, 1855-1865
Gandolfi, Claudio; Cotting, Tatiana; Martinho, Paulo N.; Sereda, Olha; Neels, Antonia; Morgan, Grace G.; Albrecht, Martin
2011/01 Synthesis and Tunability of Abnormal 1,2,3-Triazolylidene Palladium and Rhodium Complexes
Organometallics, 30, 1021-1029
Poulain, Aurélie; Canseco-Gonzalez, Daniel; Hynes-Roche, Rachel; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Schuster, Oliver; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2011/05 Transfer Hydrogenation of Ketones and Activated Olefins Using Chelating NHC Ruthenium Complexes
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2011, 2863-2868
Horn, Sabine; Gandolfi, Claudio; Albrecht, Martin
2011/07 Transfer hydrogenation of unfunctionalised alkenes using N-heterocyclic carbene ruthenium catalyst precursors
Chem. Commun., 47, 8802-8804
Horn, Sabine; Albrecht, Martin
2011/06 Tunable single-site ruthenium catalysts for efficient water oxidation
Chem. Commun., 47, 8058-8060
Bernet, Lucile; Lalrempuia, Ralte; Ghattas, Wadih; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Vigara, Laura; Llobet, Antoni; Albrecht, Martin
2010/08 A new, mild one-pot synthesis of iodinated heterocycles as suitable precursors for N-heterocyclic carbene complexes
Tetrahedron Letters, 51, 5423-5425
Iglesias, Manuel; Schuster, Oliver; Albrecht, Martin
2010/04 Beyond catalysis: N-heterocyclic carbene complexes as components for medicinal, luminescent, and functional materials applications
Chem. Soc. Rev., 39, 1903-1912
Mercs, Laszlo; Albrecht, Martin
2009/12 Cyclometalation Using d-Block Transition Metals: Fundamental Aspects and Recent Trends
Chem. Rev., 110, 576-623
Albrecht, Martin
2010/04 Expanding the family of mesoionic complexes: donor properties and catalytic impact of palladated isoxazolylidenes
Dalton Trans., 39, 5213-5215
Iglesias, Manuel; Albrecht, Martin
2010/01 Inducing Spin Crossover in Amphiphilic Iron(III) Complexes
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2010, 675-679
Martinho, Paulo N.; Harding, Charles J.; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin; Morgan, Grace G.
2010/04 Organization of spin- and redox-labile metal centers into Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films
Dalton Trans., 39, 4508-4516
Gandolfi, Claudio; Miyashita, Naoko; Kurth, Dirk G.; Martinho, Paulo N.; Morgan, Grace G.; Albrecht, Martin
2010/07 Polyoxometalate-Based N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Complexes for Palladium-Mediated C-C Coupling and Chloroaryl Dehalogenation Catalysis
Chem. Eur. J., 16, 10662-10666
Berardi, Serena; Carraro, Mauro; Iglesias, Manuel; Sartorel, Andrea; Scorrano, Gianfranco; Albrecht, Martin; Bonchio, Marcella
2010/10 Pyridine-Derived N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: An Experimental and Theoretical Evaluation of the Bonding in and Reactivity of Selected Normal and Abnormal Complexes of Nickel(II) and Palladium(II)
Organometallics, 29, 5821-5833
Stander-Grobler, Elzet; Schuster, Oliver; Heydenrych, Greta; Cronje, Stephanie; Tosh, Evangeline; Albrecht, Martin; Frenking, Gernot; Raubenheimer, Helgard
2009/11 Rhodium-mediated activation of an alkane-type C-H bond
Chem. Commun., 46, 315-317
Krüger, Anneke; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2010/07 Room-temperature spin crossover and Langmuir-Blodgett film formation of an iron(II) triazole complex featuring a long alkyl chain substituent: the tail that wags the dog
Chem. Commun., 46, 6464-6466
Kitchen, Jonathan A.; White, Nicholas G.; Gandolfi, Claudio; Albrecht, Martin; Jameson, Guy N.; Tallon, Jeffery L.; Brooker, Sally
2010/03 The Potential of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes as Components for Electronically Active Materials
Chimia, 64, 184-187
Schuster, Oliver; Mercs, Laszlo; Albrecht, Martin
2010/03 Towards Langmuir-Blodgett films of magnetically interesting materials: solution equilibria in amphiphilic iron(II) complexes of a triazole-containing ligand
Dalton Trans., 39, 3751-3758
White, Nicholas G.; Feltham, Humphrey L. C.; Gandolfi, Claudio; Albrecht, Martin; Brooker, Sally
2010/11 Water Oxidation Catalyzed by Strong Carbene-Type Donor-Ligand Complexes of Iridium
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49, 9765-9768
Lalrempuia, Ralte; McDaniel, Neal D.; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Bernhard, Stefan; Albrecht, Martin
2010/11 [Ru(bpy)3]2+ Analogues Containing an N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligand
Organometallics, 29, 6782–6789
Ghattas, Wadih; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2009/03 Abnormal Carbenes as Ligands in Transition Metal Chemistry: Curiosities with Exciting Perspectives
Chimia, 63, 105-110
Albrecht, Martin
2009/03 Beyond Conventional N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: Abnormal, Remote, and Other Classes of NHC Ligands with Reduced Heteroatom Stabilization
Chem. Rev., 109, 3445-3478
Schuster, Oliver; Yang, Liangru; Raubenheimer, Helgard G.; Albrecht, Martin
2009/10 Carbenes in Action
Science, 326, 532-533
Albrecht, Martin
2009/08 Chelating NHC Ruthenium(II) Complexes as Robust Homogeneous Hydrogenation Catalysts
Organometallics, 28, 5112-5121
Gandolfi, Claudio; Heckenroth, Marion; Neels, Antonia; Laurenczy, Gábor; Albrecht, Martin
2009/07 Main-chain organometallic polymers comprising redox-active iron(II) centers connected by ditopic N-heterocyclic carbenes
Dalton Trans., 35, 7168-7178
Mercs, Laszlo; Neels, Antonia; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen; Albrecht, Martin
2009/08 On the Electronic Impact of Abnormal C4-Bonding in N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes
Chem. Eur. J., 15, 9375-9386
Heckenroth, Marion; Neels, Antonia; Garnier, Michael G.; Aebi, Philipp; Ehlers, Andreas W.; Albrecht, Martin
2009/03 Palladium Complexes Containing Potentially Chelating Pyridylidene-Type Carbene Ligands
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2009, 1871-1881
Poulain, Aurélie; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2009/06 Synthesis, Structural Diversity, and Ligand-Transfer Potential of (Carbene)copper(I) Complexes
Helv. Chim. Acta., 92, 1034-1045
Venkatachalam, Galmari; Heekenroth, Marion; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2008/09 1,2,3-triazolylidenes as versatile abnormal carbene ligands for late transition metals
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130, 13534–13535
Mathew, Paulson; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2008/05 C4-bound imidazolylidenes: from curiosities to high-impact carbene ligands
Chem. Commun., 2008, 3601-3610
Albrecht, Martin
2008/10 Improved Cooperativity of Spin-Labile Iron(III) Centers by Self-Assembly in Solution
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130, 14434–14435
Gandolfi, Claudio; Moitzi, Christian; Schurtenberger, Peter; Morgan, Grace G.; Albrecht, Martin
2008/08 Palladation of diimidazolium salts at the C4 position: access to remarkably electron-rich palladium(II) centers
Dalton Trans., 2008, 6242-6249
Heckenroth, Marion; Kluser, Evelyne; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2008/04 Palladium complexes comprising C(4)-bound diimidazolylidene carbenes
Chimia, 62, 253-255
Heckenroth, Marion; Albrecht, Martin
2009/09 Probing the potential of N-heterocyclic carbenes in molecular electronics: redox-active metal centers interlinked by a rigid ditopic carbene ligand
Dalton Trans., 2008, 5570-5576
Mercs, Laszlo; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2008/05 Rhodium(III) complexes containing C4-bound N-heterocyclic carbenes: Synthesis, coordination chemistry, and catalytic activity in transfer hydrogenation
Organometallics, 27, 3161-3171
Yang, Liangru; Krüger, Anneke; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2008/08 Tamed tigers: Stabilization of reactive carbenes
ChemPhysChem, 9, 1829-1831
Albrecht, Martin
2007/07 Neutral ligands with exceptional donor ability for palladium-catalyzed alkene hydrogenation
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 46, 6293-6296
Heckenroth, Marion; Kluser, Evelyne; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2007/10 Theoretical investigation of the bonding properties of N-heterocyclic carbenes coordinated to electron-rich d(8) metal centers
J. Organomet. Chem., 692, 5709-5716
Penka, Emmanuel F.; Schläpfer, Carl W.; Atanasov, Michael; Albrecht, Martin; Daul, Claude
2006/08 Mild and rational synthesis of palladium complexes comprising C(4)-bound N-heterocyclic carbenes
Chem. Commun., 2006, 4495-4497
Kluser, Evelyne; Neels, Antonia; Albrecht, Martin
2006/10 Piano-stool iron(II) complexes as probes for the bonding of N-heterocyclic carbenes: Indications for pi-acceptor ability
Organometallics, 25, 5648–5656
Mercs, Laszlo; Labat, Gaël; Neels, Antonia; Ehlers, Andreas; Albrecht, Martin
2005/12 Synthesis and structural analysis of palladium biscarbene complexes derived from bisimidazolium ligand precursors
Inorg. Chim. Acta., 359, 1929-1938
Heckenroth, Marion; Neels, Antonia; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen; Albrecht, Martin
2005/08 Catalytically active palladium pyridylidene complexes: pyridinium ionic liquids as N-heterocyclic carbene precursors
Chem. Commun., 2005, 4705-4707
Albrecht, Martin; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen
2003/04 Nanocomposites from layered silicates: Graft polymerization with intercalated ammonium peroxides
Macromol. Rapid Commun., 24, 382-387
Albrecht, Martin; Ehrler, Stefan; Mühlebach, Andreas
2003/01 Outer sphere anion participation can modify the mechanism for conformer interconversion in Pd pincer complexes
Dalton Trans., 2003, 831-838
Miecznikowski, John R.; Gründemann, Stephan; Albrecht, Martin; Mègret, Claire; Clot, Eric; Faller, Jack W.; Eisenstein, Odile; Crabtree, Robert H.
2002/08 Abnormal ligand binding and reversible ring hydrogenation in the reaction of imidazolium salts with IrH5(PPh3)(2)
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 124, 10473-10481
Gründemann, Stephan; Kovacevic, Anes; Albrecht, Martin; Faller, Jack W.; Crabtree, Robert H.
2002/04 Bifunctional pincer-type organometallics as substrates for organic transformations and as novel building blocks for polymetallic materials
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 124, 5127-5138
Rodríguez, Gema; Albrecht, Martin; Schoenmaker, Jeroen; Ford, Alan; Lutz, Martin; Spek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
2002/04 Bis-carbene complexes from oxidative addition of imidazolium C-H bonds to palladium(0)
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2002, 2163-2167
Gründemann, Stephan; Albrecht, Martin; Kovacevic, Anes; Faller, Jack W.; Crabtree, Robert H.
2002/07 Chelated iridium(III) bis-carbene complexes as air-stable catalysts for transfer hydrogenation
Organometallics, 21, 3596–3604
Albrecht, Martin; Miecznikowski, John R.; Samuel, Amanda; Faller, Jack W.; Crabtree, Robert H.
2001/12 Chelating bis-carbene rhodium(III) complexes in transfer hydrogenation of ketones and imines
Chem. Commun., 2002, 32-33
Albrecht, Martin; Crabtree, Robert H.; Mata, José; Peris, Eduardo
2002/11 Covalently bonded platinum(II) complexes of alpha-amino acids and peptides as a potential tool for protein Labeling
Chem. Eur. J., 8, 5368-5376
Guillena, Gabriela; Rodríguez, Gema; Albrecht, Martin; van Koten, Gerard
2002/12 Hexakis(PCP-platinum and -ruthenium) complexes by the transcyclometalation reaction and their use in catalysis
Adv. Synth. Catal., 344, 1135-1141
Dijkstra, Harm P.; Albrecht, Martin; Medici, Serenella; van Klink, Gerard P. M.; van Koten, Gerard
2002/01 Palladium complexes with tridentate pincer bis-carbene Ligands as efficient catalysts for C-C coupling
Organometallics, 21, 700–706
Loch, Jennifer A.; Albrecht, Martin; Peris, Eduardo; Mata, José; Faller, Jack W.; Crabtree, Robert H.
2001/12 Transcyclometalation, a versatile methodology for multiple metal-carbon bond formation with multisite ligands
Chem. Commun., 2002, 126-127
Dijkstra, Harm P.; Albrecht, Martin; van Koten, Gerard
2001/10 Abnormal binding in a carbene complex formed from an imidazolium salt and a metal hydride complex
Chem. Commun., 2001, 2274-2275
Gründemann, Stephan; Kovacevic, Anes; Albrecht, Martin; Faller, Jack W.; Crabtree, Robert H.
2001/07 C-arenium-C-alkyl bond making and breaking: Key process in the platinum-mediated C-aryl-C-alkyl bond formation. Analogies to organic electrophilic aromatic substitution
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 123, 7233–7246
Albrecht, Martin; Spek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
2001/04 Chiral platinum and palladium complexes containing functionalized C-2-symmetric bisaminoaryl 'Pincer' ligands
J. Organomet. Chem., 624, 271-286
Albrecht, Martin; Kocks, Betty M.; Spek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
2001/09 Detection of ppm quantities of gaseous SO2 by organoplatinum dendritic sites immobilised on a quartz microbalance
Chem. Commun., 2001, 1874-1875
Albrecht, Martin; Schlupp, Martin; Bargon, Joachim; van Koten, Gerard
2001/02 Mechanistic aspects of the reversible binding of SO2 on arylplatinum complexes: Experimental and ab initio studies
Inorg. Chem., 40, 850-855
Albrecht, Martin; Gossage, Robert A.; Frey, Urban; Ehlers, Andreas W.; Baerends, Evert J.; Merbach, André E.; van Koten, Gerard
2001/03 Multiple use of soluble metallodendritic materials as catalysts and dyes
Chem. Eur. J., 7, 1289-1294
Albrecht, Martin; Hovestad, Neldes J.; Boersma, Jaap; van Koten, Gerard
2001/10 Platinum group organometallics based on "Pincer" complexes: Sensors, switches, and catalysts
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 40, 3750-3781
Albrecht, Martin; van Koten, Gerard
2001/02 Toward organometallic polymers with high directionality containing bis-ortho-chelating ligands
Organometallics, 20, 1024-1027
Back, Stephan; Albrecht, Martin; Spek, Anthony L.; Rheinwald, Gerd; Lang, Heinrich; van Koten, Gerard
2001/05 Transmetalation reactions with nitrogen-containing "pincer"-class ligands on platinum(II) centers
Can. J. Chem., 79, 709-718
Albrecht, Martin; James, Stuart L.; Veldman, Nora; Speek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
2001/11 Tridentate carbene CCC and CNC pincer palladium(II) complexes: Structure, fluxionality, and catalytic activity
Organometallics, 20, 5485-5488
Gründemann, Stephan; Albrecht, Martin; Loch, Jennifer A.; Faller, Jack W.; Crabtree, Robert H.
2000/04 Diagnostic organometallic and metallodendritic materials for SO2 gas detection: Reversible binding of sulfur dioxide to arylplatinum(II) complexes
Chem. Eur. J., 6, 1431-1445
Albrecht, Martin; Gossage, Robert A.; Lutz, Martin; Spek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
2000/09 New peptide labels containing covalently bonded platinum(II) centers as diagnostic biomarkers and biosensors
Org. Lett., 2, 3461-3464
Albrecht, Martin; Rodríguez, Gema; Schoenmaker, Jeroen; van Koten, Gerard
2000/08 O,N-chelated boron aminophenolate complexes. Crystal structure of BPh2(OC6H4(CH2NMe2)-2)
J. Organomet. Chem., 608, 27-33
Hagen, Henk; Reinoso, Santiago; Albrecht, Martin; Boersma, Jaap; Spek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
2000/08 Organoplatinum crystals for gas-triggered switches
Nature, 406, 970-974
Albrecht, Martin; Lutz, Martin; Spek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
2000/09 Self-assembled organoplatinum(II) supermolecules as crystalline, SO2 gas-triggered switches
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2000, 3797-3804
Albrecht, Martin; Lutz, Martin; Schreurs, Antoine M. M.; Lutz, Egbert T. H.; Spek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
2000/11 Transcyclometalation processes with late transition metals: C-aryl-H bond activation via noncovalent C-H center dot center dot center dot interactions
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 122, 11822–11833
Albrecht, Martin; Dani, Paulo; Lutz, Martin; Spek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
2000/09 Transcyclometalation: A novel route to (Chiral) bis-ortho-chelated bisphosphinoaryl ruthenium(II) complexes
Organometallics, 19, 4468-4476
Dani, Paulo; Albrecht, Martin; van Klink, Gerard P. M.; van Koten, Gerard.
1999/02 Gas sensor materials based on metallodendrimers
Adv. Mater., 11, 171-174
Albrecht, Martin; van Koten, Gerard
1999/12 Metal-mediated C-C bond making and breaking: First direct evidence for a reversible migration of a benzyl group along a metal-carbon bond
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 121, 11898–11899
Albrecht, Martin; Gossage, Robert A.; Spek, Anthony L.; van Koten, Gerard
1998/05 Sulfur dioxide gas detection by reversible eta(1)-SO2-Pt bond formation as a novel application for periphery functionalised metallo-dendrimers
Chem. Commun., 1998, 1003-1004
Albrecht, Martin; Gossage, Robert A.; van Koten, Gerard
1998/12 Synthesis of salicylamide and bipyridine containing ligands for iron(II) and iron(III) coordination
Tetrahedron, 52, 12197-12208
Lutz, Andreas; Ward, Thomas R.; Albrecht, Martin
2016/04 Donor-flexible nitrogen ligands for efficient iridium-catalyzed water oxidation catalysis
Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 6740-6745.
Navarro, Miquel; Li, Mo; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Bernhard, Stephan; Albrecht, Martin
2016/01 Transfer hydrogenation with abnormal dicarbene rhodium(III) complexes containing ancillary and modular poly-pyridine ligands
Dalton Trans., 45, 4570-4579
Farrell, Kevin; Melle, Philipp; Gossage, Robert A.; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2016/01 Enhanced product selectivity promoted by remote metal coordination in acceptor–free alcohol dehydrogenation catalysis
Chem. Commun., 52, 3344–3347
Valencia, Marta; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Gossage, Robert A.; Albrecht, Martin
2016/06 Synthesis and catalytic applications of 1,2,3-triazolylidene gold(I) complexes in silver-free oxazoline syntheses and C–H bond activation
Dalton Trans. 2016, 14591-14602
Pretorius, René; Fructos, Manuel R.; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Gossage, Robert A.; Pérez, Pedro J.; Albrecht, Martin
2016/06 Versatile bonding and coordination modes of ditriazolylidene ligands in rhodium(III) and iridium(III) complexes
Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 15859-15871
Farrell, Kevin; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2016/06 Carboxylate-functionalized mesoionic carbene precursors: decarboxylation, ruthenium bonding, and catalytic activity in hydrogen transfer reactions
Organometallics. 2016, 35, 2256–2266
Sabater, Sara; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2015/07 Late Transition Metal Complexes with Pincer Ligands that Comprise N-Heterocyclic Carbene Donor Sites
Organomet. Chem. 2016, 54, 45–91
Farrell, Kevin; Albrecht, Martin
2016/06 Exploring the Effect of Structural Isomerism in Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Chiral Luminescent Eu(III) Self-Assemblies
Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 21, 9709–9723
Galanti, Agostino; Kotova, Oxana; Mills, Blasco, Salvador; Johnson, Chloë J; Peacock, Robert D.; Mills, Shaun; Boland, John J.; Albrecht, Martin; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur
2016/08 Bonding and catalytic application of ruthenium N-heterocyclic carbene complexes featuring triazole, triazolylidene and imidazolylidene ligands
Organometallics 2016, 35, 2980–2986
Hollering, Manuela; Albrecht, Martin; Kühn, Fritz. E
2017/04 Triazolylidene iridum complexes with a pending pyridyl group for cooperative metal-ligand induced catalytic dehydrogenation of amines
Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 8901 –8911
Valencia, Marta; Pereira, Ana; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Belderrain, Tomas R.; Pérez, Pedro J.; Albrecht, Martin
2017/04 Influence of the Linker Length and Coordination Mode of (Di)Triazolylidene Ligands on the Structure and Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation Activity of Iridium(III) Centers
Organometallics 2017, 36, 1580-1590
Vivancos, Ángela; Albrecht, Martin
2017/01 Triazolylidene Metal Complexes Tagged with a Bodipy Chromophore: Synthesis and Monitoring of Ligand Exchange Reactions
Organometallics 2017, 36, 1469-1478
Navarro, Miquel; Wang, Suxiao; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Redmong, Gareth; Farrás, Pau; Albrecht, Martin
2016/07 Effects of histidin-2-ylidene vs. imidazol-2-ylidene ligands on the anticancer and antivascular activity of complexes of ruthenium, iridium, platinum, and gold
J. Inorg. Biochem. 2016, 163, 221–228
Schmitt, Florian; Donnelly, Kate; Muenzner, Julienne K.; Rehm, Tobias; Novohradsky, Vojtech; Brabec, Viktor; Kasparkova, Jana; Albrecht, Martin; Schobert, Rainer; Müller, Thomas
2016/10 Synthesis of Triazolylidene Nickel Complexes and Their Catalytic Application in Selective Aldehyde Hydrosilylation
ACS Catal. 2016, 6, 8192–8200
Wei, Yingfei; Liu, Shi-Xia; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin
2017/05 Synthesis, hemilability, and catalytic transfer hydrogenation activity of iridium(III) and ruthenium(II) complexes containing oxygen-functionalised triazolylidene ligands
J. Organomet. Chem. 2017, 845, 196-205
Pretorius, René; Mazloomi, Zahra; Albrecht, Martin
2017/07 Triazolylidene Iron(II) Piano-Stool Complexes: Synthesis and Catalytic Hydrosilylation of Carbonyl Compounds
Organometallics 2017, 36, 2903-2913
Johnson, Chloë; Albrecht, Martin
2017/08 Triazolylidene Iridium Complexes for Highly Efficient and Versatile Transfer Hydrogenation of C═O, C═N, and C═C Bonds and for Acceptorless Alcohol Oxidation
Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 11282-11298
Mazloomi, Zahra; Pretorius, René; Pàmies, Oscar; Albrecht, Martin; Diéguez, Montserrat
2017/09 Enhanced Catalytic Activity of Iridium(III) Complexes by Facile Modification of C,N-Bidentate Chelating Pyridylideneamide Ligands
Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 11688-11701
Navarro, Miquel; Smith, Christene, A.; Albrecht, Martin
2017/09 Piano-stool N-heterocyclic carbene iron complexes: Synthesis, reactivity and catalytic applications
Coord. Chem. Rev. 2017, 352, 1-14
Johnson, Chloë; Albrecht, Martin
2017/10 Carbohydrate-Functionalized 1,2,3-Triazolylidene Complexes for Application in Base-Free Alcohol and Amine Oxidation
Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 12410-12420
Pretorius, René; Olguín, Juan; Albrecht, Martin
2015/03 Substantial Improvement of Pyridine-Carbene Iridium Water Oxidation Catalysts by a Simple Methyl-to-Octyl Substitution
ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 2714–2718
Corbucci, Ilaria; Petronilho, Ana; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Rocchigiani, Luca; Albrecht, Martin; Macchioni, Alceo
2017/10 Ether formation through reductive coupling of ketones or aldehydes catalysed by a mesoionic carbene iridium complex
Catal. Sci. Technol. 2017, 5766-5774
Petronilho, Ana; Vivancos, Ángela; Albrecht, Martin
2017/11 NHC-based Iridium Catalysts for Hydrogenation and Dehydrogenation of N-Heteroarenes in Water under Mild Conditions
ACS Catal, 2018, 8, 17-21
Vivancos, Ángela; Beller, Matthias; Albrecht, Martin
2017/11 Unveiling the role of ancillary ligands in acceptorless benzyl alcohol dehydrogenation and etherification mediated by mesoionic carbene iridium complexes
Dalton Trans., 2017, In press
Vivancos, Ángela; Petronilho, Ana, Cardoso, Joao; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin

Publications 07/Dic · 2017



    31/Oct · 2017

    Thanks Miquel for all the fun in and out of the lab!

    Good luck in the near future
    31/Oct · 2017

    Thanks Angela for the big contribution you made to the group!

    Wish you all the best in your new job
    27/Oct · 2017

    Congratulations Miquel for a successful PhD Defence

    You did a great job!
    01/Oct · 2017

    Welcome Matteo!

    New postdoc from Italy
    31/Aug · 2017

    Thanks Marta for all the great times you shared with us

    All the best for the future!
    01/Jun · 2017

    Welcome Vera!

    New postdoc from Italy
    29/May · 2017

    Seminar with Prof. Alceo Macchioni

    Organoiridium catalysts relevant to artificial photosynthesis
    23/May · 2017

    Thanks Candela for the memories

    Good luck in your new job!
    28/Apr · 2017

    Thanks René! It has been amazing having you around!

    All the best and good luck
    24/Apr · 2017

    Seminar with Prof. Doris Kunz

    Electron-rich Transition Metal Complexes. Synthesis, Reactivity, Catalysis
    24/Apr · 2017

    PhD Thesis defense: René Pretorius

    Synthesis and catalytic applications of O-functionalised 1,2,3-triazolylidene complexes of late transition metals
    21/Apr · 2017

    SCS Spring Meeting 2017

    Homogeneous Catalysis: New paradigms, wonderful applications
    19/Apr · 2017

    Seminar with Prof. Beatriz Royo

    Manganese and Iron N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes as Catalysts in Transfer Hydrogenation of Ketones
    19/Apr · 2017

    PhD Thesis defense: Chloë Johnson

    Reduction Catalysts and Magnetic Switches Based on Iron and Ruthenium
    23/Nov · 2016

    Seminar with Prof. Pedro Pérez

    Strategies involving coinage metal catalysts for C-N, C-O and N-N bond formation
    07/Nov · 2016

    The Open Day was like this...

    Open day 2016 at DCB
    05/Nov · 2016

    Open Day at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Theme: Magics & Metals
    30/Oct · 2016

    Thanks Yingfei for everything!

    All the best and good luck
    17/Oct · 2016

    Congratulations Ángela!

    Prize from Andalusian Section of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ)
    3/Oct · 2016

    Welcome Nathalie!

    New postdoc from France
    Sep/Oct · 2016

    Two new visiting students joined our group!

    Welcome Pamela and Pauline

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Gallery 31/Oct · 2017


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