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Inorganic Chemistry II
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum

  • Bachelor-
  • Master- and
  • PhD-positions available
Prof. Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner



Latest News

November 2021

New cover picture in Chemistry - A European Journal
The icebreaker “RV Bond Activation”, which symbolizes our carbene complexes depicted by the constellation in the sky, is able to easily break P−H bonds via the carbene linkage.
DOI: 10.1002/chem.202103151

supported by:

ERC   AvH     FCI    Rockwood    Resolv     Umicore    DFG

News history

November 2021

The new Chemistry Open is out, and the cover is hot.
It shows the structure of a novel metallated ylide - the team were able to isolate this reactive and useful compound through smart molecular design!
DOI: 10.1002/open.202100187

July 2021 - Henning defends his PhD thesis

Birth of the 10th Dr. from the Gessner group. Congratulations to Henning Steinert for successfully defending his PhD this. This was an excellent performance.

July 2021 - Heidar defends his PhD thesis

Congratulations Dr. Darmandeh to a splendid performance. Good luck for your future career .

April 2021 - Tobias defends his PhD Thesis

Tobias Stalder defends succesfully his PhD thesis "Ylid-substituierte, niedervalente Hauptgruppenelementverbindungen"


March 2021 - Inside Cover Picture

Jens' new publication
'Towards the Rational Design of Ylide-Substituted Phosphines for Gold(I)-Catalysis: From Inactive to ppm-level Catalysis'
is highlighted in Chemical Science (Inside Cover picture).
DOI: 10.1039/D1SC00105A

February 2021 - New Publication

Jens' new publication
'Towards the Rational Design of Ylide-Substituted Phosphines for Gold(I)-Catalysis: From Inactive to ppm-level Catalysis'
is accepted in Chemical Science.
DOI: 10.1039/D1SC00105A

September 2020 - New Publication

Heidar's Article "Selective B(C6F5)3-Catalyzed Reactions of α-Diazoesters with Heterocycles and Alkenes"
is published in Chem. 2020, 6, 9, 2364. doi: 10.1016/j.chempr.2020.08.006

August 2020 - New Publication

Alex's new article "Cationic Phosphorus Compounds Based on a Bis(1-piperidinyl)-Substituted Carbodiphosphorane: Syntheses, Structures, and C sp3–H Activation"
is published in Organometallics.

July 2020 - New Publication

Thorsten's article "Efficient Pd‐Catalyzed Direct Coupling of Aryl Chlorides with Alkyllithium Reagents"
was published in Angewandte Chemie Intl. Ed.

July 2020 - New Publication

Abir's article "Phosphorus-Ylides: Powerful Substituents for the Stabilization of Reactive Main Group Compounds"
is published in Chemical Science. doi: 10.1039/D0SC03278F

June 2020 - New Publication

Alex article "A diamino-substituted carbodiphosphorane as strong C-donor and weak N-donor: isolation of monomeric trigonal-planar L·ZnCl2"
is published in Chemical Communications. doi: 10.1039/D0CC02496A

May 2020 - Great honor

Viktoria has been chosen as the recipient of the Organometallics’ 2020 Distinguished Author Award. This annual award is sponsored by the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry, the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry, and Organometallics and recognizes authors of exceptional articles published in Organometallics in the previous two calendar years that emphasize the importance of organometallic chemistry and have made a profound impact on the field. Congratulations to Viktoria and the whole team.
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