Prof. Dr. Matthias Driess

Chair of UniCat since 2007

Member of UniCat's Executive Board
Scientific Director at BasCat

Research interests

Metalorganic chemistry, precursor synthesis, molecular models for heterogeneous catalysis, molecular main group and organometallic chemistry

Research Fields in UniCat

Research Field D1*
Research Field D2*
Research Field D3*
Research Field E3

* Main Research Fields

2007-2011: A1, A3, A4, A5

Selection of research projects

  • Novel coorperating ligands for the heterolytic bond activation
  • Transition-metal silylene complexes
  • From activating small molecules to hetero bimetallic transition-metal complexes
  • Synthesis and characterisation of transition-metal silyline complexes
  • New single source precursors for the metal-doping stannic oxide as an alternative to ITO

Relevant News

Montag, 27. Februar 2017

Hot paper at room temperature

The first single-component N-heterocyclic silylene borane activates a variety of small molecules, such as O2, N2O, CO2, H2, and H2O. Notably, the activation of H2O makes it a metal-free system for dehydrogenation of H2O.

Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2017

Vibrant insight

New joint paper by Driess and Hildebrandt in Angewandte Chemie. The first S-oxygenated [NiFe] complex is a structural and vibrational spectroscopic model for the S-oxygenated active site of the NAD+-reducing [NiFe] hydrogenase from Ralstonia eutropha.mehr

Freitag, 02. Dezember 2016

Research Highlight "A New Domain of Reactivity for High-Valent Dinuclear [M(µ-O)2M’] Complexes in Oxidation Reactions"

The strikingly different reactivity of a series of homo- and heterodinuclear [(MIII)(µ-O)2(MIII)’]2+ (M=Ni; M’=Fe, Co, Ni and M=M’=Co) complexes with β-diketiminate ligands in electrophilic and nucleophilic oxidation reactions is reported, and can be corre

Mittwoch, 16. November 2016

Matthias Driess has been selected as the recipient of the Davison Lecture

UniCat Chair Prof. Dr. Matthias Driess has been honored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to give the renowned Davison Lecture in Cambridge, USA. This Award recognizes individual groundbreaking contributions to Inorganic Chemistry.

Dienstag, 26. April 2016

Einstein Centre for Catalysis: Election of a temporary Executive Board

The temporary Board of the Einstein Centre for Catalysis was constituted during a meeting of the extended UniCat Executive Board on April 26, 2016.mehr

Dienstag, 06. Oktober 2015

Douglas Stephan selected as Einstein Visiting Fellow

The Einstein Foundation Berlin has announced that Professor Douglas W. Stephan of the University of Toronto has been selected as newest Einstein Visiting Fellow.mehr

Dienstag, 15. September 2015

The Einstein Center of Catalysis: catalyzer in natural and life sciences

The Einstein Foundation Berlin will in future fund the Einstein Center of Catalysis proposed by the Cluster of Excellence UniCat. mehr

Mittwoch, 09. Juli 2014

Research for raw material change: UniCat-BASF Joint Lab „BasCat“

The Cluster of Excellence Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (UniCat) and BASF SE officially opened their joint laboratory, BasCat at the TU Berlin today. Thus, the Charlottenburg campus is enriched by another science building. On the roughly 1,000 square metemehr

Dienstag, 29. April 2014
Donnerstag, 13. März 2014

Matthias Driess elected as a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Prof. Matthias Driess, Chair of the Cluster of Excellence UniCat

Professor Dr. Matthias Driess, Chair of UniCat, has been elected as a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities by its council appreciating his scientific achievements. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanitimehr

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Prof. Matthias Driess

Matthias Driess
Technische Universität Berlin
Inst. f. Chemie / FG Anorganische und Analytische Chemie
Straße des 17. Juni 135
Berlin , 10623
+49 30 314-22265