Earth-Abundant 3d Metal Catalysis

Beilstein Organic Chemistry Symposium 2020

July 22 – 24, 2020

Favorite Parkhotel, Mainz, Germany


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 will cover 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 will provide cutting edge presentations of their latest scientific findings.


The symposium will take place in the Favorite Parkhotel in Mainz, conveniently located close to Europe’s second biggest airport in Frankfurt. The number of participants is limited to 60, including 20 invited leading experts in the field. The program is specifically designed to allow sufficient time for intense discussions and a stimulating exchange of exciting novel ideas.

Aspects covered by this conference

/ Manganese catalysis

/ Copper catalysis

/ Nickel catalysis

/ Iron catalysis

/ Cobalt catalysis

/ Electrochemical transformations

/ Photoredox-catalysis

/ C–H activation

/ C–O activation

/ Late-stage diversification

/ Material sciences