Earth-Abundant 3d Metal Catalysis

Beilstein Organic Chemistry Symposium 2020

September 22 and 23, 2020


Scientific Program:

Lutz Ackermann / University of Göttingen, Germany

Metal catalysis has so far been largely dominated by the use of precious and toxic 5d and 4d transition metals, such as palladium, iridium and rhodium. In sharp contrast, recent years have witnessed the emergence of increasingly powerful catalysts based on less toxic, earth-abundant base metals. Thus, particularly the use of sustainable 3d transition metals has proven instrumental for the development of versatile tools for molecular organic syntheses, with transformative applications to inter alia crop protection, material sciences, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical industries.

The symposium covered the entire range of 3d metal catalysis, including strong bond activation, photoredox-catalysis, metallaelectro-catalysis, late-stage modification and material sciences among others. Internationally leading scientists provided cutting edge presentations of their latest scientific findings.

The symposium originally planned to take place in July 2020 had unfortunately to be cancelled; it was held in September as an online symposium with discussions and questions. An online poster presentation was included.



Tuesday, September 22


Welcome and Introduction
Michael Penk / Beilstein-Institut, Germany, and
Lutz Ackermann / University of Göttingen, Germany

Cobalt catalysis: A journey from chelation-assisted to cooperative C–H activations

Naohiko Yoshikai / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Mechanistic studies of the Cu(I)-catalyzed activation of various C=C bonds

Laurence Grimaud / ENS Paris, France

Coffee Break and Poster Session
Online presentation of all posters

Molecular catalysis of electrochemical and photoelectrochemical radical reactions

Hai-Chao Xu / Xiamen University, China

Radical strategies for site-selective C–H functionalization using copper catalysts

Shannon S. Stahl / University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

End of Talks

Wednesday, September 23


Model platforms for mechanistic investigations in earth-abundant metal-catalysed C–X, C–H and C–F functionalization

Xavi Ribas / University of Girona, Spain

Rapid reactivity testing

Jana Roithova / Radboud University, Netherlands

Coffee Break and Poster Session
Online presentation of all posters

Manganese organometallic catalysis

Congyang Wang / Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Behind the iron curtain: intermediates and mechanism in iron catalysis in organic synthesis

Michael Neidig / University of Rochester, USA

Final Words

End of Program


No. 1:
Photocontrolled cobalt catalysis for selective hydroboration of α,β-unsaturated ketones
Enrico Bergamaschi / RWTH Aachen

No. 2:
Copper catalyzed dearomatisation of N-heteroaromatics: a computational perspective
Marta Castiñeira Reis / University of Groningen

No. 3:
Highly selective synthesis of 1,3-enynes, pyrroles and furans by manganese(I)-catalyzed C–H activation
Sara Cembellin / Autonomous University of Madrid

No. 4:
Photo-induced heterogeneous C‒H arylation by reusable hybrid-copper catalyst
Isaac Choi / University of Göttingen

No. 5:
Enantioselective cobalt(III)‐catalyzed C−H activation enabled by chiral carboxylic acid cooperation
Uttam Dhawa

No. 6:
Mechanistic insight into ligand free copper catalyzed suzuki cross-coupling reaction using density functional theory
Anandhu Krishnan

No. 7:
Low-valent anionic alpha-diimine iron complexes: synthesis, characterization and catalytic hydroboration studies

Thomas M. Maier / University of Regensburg

No. 8:
Ni(II)-chiral prolinamide combo catalyzed efficient mild and benign MCR strategy for enantioselective benzamidation-indolyzation cascade on aromatic and sugar aldehydes under sonication bath
Prakash K. Mandal / University of Calcutta

No. 9:
Base metal-catalyzed and –mediated regioselective C–H sulfonylation
Georg Manolikakes / TU Kaiserslautern

No. 10:
Mechanistic insights into cobalta(III/IV/II)-electrocatalysis
Tjark Meyer / University of Göttingen

No. 11:
Greener and earth abundant manganese catalysts for highly efficient carbonyl and alkene hydrosilylation
Tufan Mukhopadhyay / Arizona State University

No. 12:
Copper-catalyzed intramolecular α-C‒H amination via ring-opening cyclization strategy to quinazolin-4-ones: development and application in rutaecarpine synthesis
Srilaxmi Patel

No. 13:
A computational investigation into the mechanism of copper catalyzed sonogashira coupling using trans-1,2-diamino cyclohexane ligand
C. Rajalakshmi

No. 14:
Manganese (di)triazolylidene complexes: synthesis and reactivity

Sara Realista / ITQB-NOVA

No. 15:
Nickel-catalyzed cross-coupling of alkyl carboxylic acid derivatives with pyridinium salts via C−N bond cleavage
Feba Thomas P. / IISER Thiruvananthapuram