Molecular Inorganic Chemistry (Mol-InC)

The world and the people living on our planet depend on catalysis for their life, well-being and development. A lot of catalysts, be it in chemical reactions in (living) bio-systems or in chemical processes in industrial plants, exploit the central role of a metal atom or particle, surrounded by its specific molecular environment (the ligands). It can influence the rate at which a reaction proceeds - speed it up or slow it down. Specifically, it accelerates some reactions and retards others. In this way selectivity for a certain outcome of the reaction is obtained.

We can influence all of this through our knowledge of the system. In our research we try to be - together with the catalyst of course - at the driver's seat of numerous chemical reactions. It is the choice of metal and its ligand environment that dictate the way in which the catalyst enables a reaction and blocks other possibilities. Using the tools of MolecularChemistry we are able to influence the structure of catalysts and to steer their (re)activity.

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  • prof. dr. C.J. (Kees) Elsevier

    Group leader Mol-InC | T: 0205255653

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Published by  HIMS

13 March 2014