Research in our laboratory is at the interface of organic and inorganic chemistry and is focused the application of organometallic molecules to chemical synthesis. Selective bond formation and activation of otherwise inert molecules are just two examples of the spectacular reactivity of transition metal compounds. Inspired by these applications, our research group prepares new transition metal complexes and studies the mechanisms that underpin their reactivity. Multinuclear NMR experiments, isotopic labeling, single crystal X-ray diffraction, computational studies and magnetometry are routinely employed for structural elucidation.
1. Nitrogen Fixation
2. Iron Catalysts with Reduced Environmental Impact
selected publications listing
Hanna, T.E.; Lobkovsky, E.; Chirik, P.J. Mono(dinitrogen) and Carbon Monoxide Adducts of Bis(cyclopentadienyl) Titanium Sandwiches. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006,128,
Bernskoetter, W.H.; Lobkovsky, E.; Chirik, P.J. Kinetics and Mechanism of N2 Hydrogenation in Bis(cyclopentadienyl)zirconium Complexes and Dinitrogen Functionalization by 1,2-Addition of a Saturated C-H Bond. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005,127, 14051.
Bouwkamp, M.W.; Lobkovsky, E.; Chirik, P.J. Bis(imino)pyridine Iron(II) Alkyl Cations for Olefin Polymerization. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 9660.
Bart, S.C.; Lobkovsky, E.; Chirik, P.J. Preparation and Electronic and Molecular Structures of High Spin, Square Pyramidal Iron(0) Bis-dinitrogen and Bis-silane Complexes and Their Application to Catalytic Hydrogenation and Hydrosilation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 13794.