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Lena Albers

Ms Lena Albers

Research Fellow


University of Edinburgh

Research summary

This project will deliver fundamental understanding of bond modifying redox-processes with regard to E-H (E = C, N, O, Si) bond activation by Al(I) compounds.

The activation of chemical bonds is the key step in a wide number of functionalisation processes to generate high value chemical products. Many of these reactions are enabled by catalysts, with an estimated 90% of industrially manufactured chemicals relying on catalysts at some stage in their production. Transition metals (d-block elements) and their complexes, especially heavier late transition metals, represent one of the largest classes of such catalysts. These metals possess great ability in bond modifying redox-cycle catalysis, but they feature a high toxicity (problematic when catalysts become incorporated into products) and low sustainable availability. These facts justify the great importance of the search for alternative, catalytically active compounds. We will investigate the bond-activation chemistry of one p-block element - aluminum (3rd most abundant in the Earth's crust) - and establish its ability in the fundamental processes required for catalysis.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Synthesis of new low-valent Al(I) compounds and their reactivity towards E-H bond activation

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Mar 2016 - Mar 2017

Value: £99,500