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 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 originally planned to take place in July had unfortunately to be cancelled; it will now be held as an online symposium with a smaller number of speakers. A chat platform will also be provided, allowing discussions and questions. Participants are welcome to apply for an online poster presentation.


Please find here the final program.

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

Confirmed Speakers


Laurence Grimaud / ENS Paris, France

Michael Neidig / University of Rochester, USA

Xavi Ribas / University of Girona, Spain


Jana Roithova / Radboud University, The Netherlands

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

Congyang Wang / Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


Hai-Chao Xu / Xiamen University, China

Naohiko Yoshikai / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore