Ultrafast “Hydrogen on Demand”-technology by means of iron-catalysis

Published on October 17, 2014

The application of a defined iron-hydrogen complex in the dehydrogenative silylation of methanol is reported. The complex (dppp)(CO)(NO)FeH showed a remarkable activity with TOF of more than 600000 h-1 of pure hydrogen gas within seconds. This technology could also be used to run a model hydrogen fuel cell car.

Plietker Group | Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Bernd Plietker studied chemistry at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, and moved during his Ph.D. to the Technische Universität Dresden. After his Ph.D., in which he worked in the field of total synthesis, he joined Jan-Erling Bäckvall´s group at Stockholm University, Sweden, and lateron Barry M. Trost´s group at Stanford University, USA, working in the field of Pd-catalysis. In the end of 2001 he started his independent research career (habilitation), which was funded by a Liebig-fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie and an Emmy-Noether-fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, at Universität Dortmund, Germany. In 2005 he obtained the tenure and shortly after accepted his current position as a professor (W3) for Organic chemistry at Universität Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests are in the field of total synthesis and catalysis.

Ph.D. Student and Beilstein scholar Susanne Rommel works on the synthesis and application of Fe-H-catalysts.


Rommel, S., Hettmanczyk, L.; Klein, J. E. M. N.; Plietker, B.; “Cooperative Catalysis: Electron-rich Fe-H-complexes and DMAP, a successful “joint-venture” for the ultrafast hydrogen production” Chem. Asian J. 2014, 9, 2140-2147, DOI: 10.1002/asia.201402142.

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