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Prof. Dr. P. Hofmann
Organisch-Chemisches Institut der Universität Heidelberg
Lehrstuhl für Organische Chemie III
Im Neuenheimer Feld 270
D-69120 Heidelberg


Contact: +49 6221 54-8415 (Brigitte Horvat, secretary)
Fax: +49 6221 54-4885  


Hofmann, Peter (Prof. Dr. rer. nat., Dr. rer. nat. habil.); diploma 1970, Ph. D. 1973 (University of Erlangen); Liebig fellow of the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie", 1974 and 1977 Postdoc, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA (Roald Hoffmann); habilitation 1978 (University of Erlangen, Paul v. Ragué Schleyer); Emmy Noether Award 1978; 1979 visiting associate professor, University of California Berkeley (A. Streitwieser jr.); 1980 associate professor (University of Erlangen); 1981 "Dozenten-Award" of the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie", 1981-1983 guest chair at the TU München (E. O. Fischer); since 1983 associate professor, TU München (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry); visiting professorships at the universities of Bern, Ulm, TU and FU Berlin, Heidelberg and Rennes; 1995 offer of a chair in organic chemistry at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (F. Bickelhaupt's chair); since 1995 full professor of organic chemistry, University of Heidelberg. Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences 2002-2004. 2004-2008 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences. Visiting professorship at the Univ. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (France), winter semester 04/05. 2006 Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences. Initiation and research management of CaRLa, the joint Catalysis Research Laboratory of the University of Heidelberg and BASF (since 2006). Recipient of the Emil Fischer medal of the GDCh 2008. In 2011 election as a member of the Academy of Science and Arts of Nordrhein-Westfalen. 2012 Elected as the 1st Charles and Martha Casey Lecturer on Organometallic Chemistry, U. of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.


Teaching (special lectures und classes):

  • Orbital interactions: apllications to organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis (winter semester 1996/97)
  • Bond activation with transition metals in organic chemistry (summer semester 1997)
  • Modern organometallic polymerization catalysis (winter semester 1997/98)
  • Applied MO-theory (winter semester 1998/99)
  • Metal mediated CH- and CC-activation for organic synthesis (summer semester 2000)
  • Catalysts for olefin metahesis: new tools and methods for organic synthesis (summer semester 2001)
  • Metal mediated organic syntheses: From mechanism and theory to structure and function
  • CH- and CC-Activation and -Functionalization (summer semester 2010)
  • Applied MO-Theory in Organic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneom Catalysis (summer semester 2012)

Recent publications:

  • Golnar Abkai, Sebastian Schmidt, Tobias Rosendahl, Frank Rominger, Peter Hofmann, Organometallics 2014, accepted. „Iridium Models of Rhodium Intermediates in Hydroformylation Catalysis: Isolation and Molecular Structures of Fluxional ae- and ee-Isomers“


  • Matthias Brendel, Carolin Braun, Frank Rominger, Peter Hofmann, Angew. Chem. 2014, DOI: 10.1002/ange.201401024; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201401024.
    „Bis-NHC Chelate Complexes of Nickel(0) and Platinum(0)“


  • Philipp N. Plessow, Ansgar Schäfer, Michael Limbach, Peter Hofmann, Organometallics 2014, DOI: 10.1021/om500151h.
    „Acrylate Formation from CO2 and Ethylene Mediated by Nickel Complexes - A Theoretical Study“


  • Marcel Brill, Daniela Marrwitz (née Eisenhauer), Frank Rominger, Peter Hofmann, J. Organomet. Chem. 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.jorganchem.201404008.
    „Comparative study of electronic and steric properties of bulky, electron-rich bisphosphinoethane, bis-NHC and phosphino-NHC chelating ligands in analogous rhodium(I) and iridium(I) COD and carbonyl complexes“


  • Xuan Ye, Philipp N. Plessow, Marion K. Brinks, Mathias Schelwies, Thomas Schaub, Frank Rominger, Rocco Paciello, Michael Limbach, Peter Hofmann, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 5923-5929.
    „Alcohol Amination with Ammonia Catalyzed by an Acridine-Based Ruthenium Pincer Complex: A Mechanistic Study“


  • Simone Wöckel, Philipp N. Plessow, Mathias Schelwies, Marion K. Brinks, Frank Rominger, Peter Hofmann, Michael Limbach, ACS Catal. 2014, 4, 152-161.
    „Alcohol Amination with Aminoacidato Cp*Ir(III)-Complexes as Catalysts: Dissociation of the Chelating Ligand during Initiation“



  • Marcel Brill, Erik Kühnel, Corina Scriban, Frank Rominger, Peter Hofmann, Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 12861-12864.
    „A short and modular synthesis of bulky and electron-rich N-phosphinomethyl-functionalised N-heterocyclic carbene complexes“


  • Matthew J. Chalkley, Louise M. Guard, Nilay Hazari, Peter Hofmann, Damian P. Hruszkewycz, Timothy J. Schmeier, Michael K. Takase, Organometallics 2013, 32, 4223-4238.
    „Synthesis, Electronic Structure, and Reactivity of Palladium(I) Dimers with Bridging Allyl, Cyclopentadienyl, and Indenyl Ligands“


  • Philipp N. Plessow, Laura Weigel, Ronald Lindner, Ansgar Schäfer, Frank Rominger, Michael Limbach, Peter Hofmann, Organometallics 2013, 32, 3327-3338.
    „Mechanistic Details of the Nickel-Mediated Formation of Acrylates from CO2, Ethylene and Methyl Iodide“


  • Sebastian Schmidt, Golnar Abkai, Tobias Rosendahl, Frank Rominger, Peter Hofmann, Organometallics 2013, 32, 1044-1052.
    „Inter- and Intramolecular Interactions in Triptycene-Derived Bisphosphite Hydroformylation Catalysts: Structures, Energies, and Caveats for DFT-Assisted Ligand Design“


  • Alexander Wetzel, Simone Wöckel, Mathias Schelwies, Marion K. Brinks, Frank Rominger, Peter Hofmann, Michael Limbach, Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 266-269.
    „Selective Alkylation of Amines with Alcohols by Cp*-Iridium(III) Half-Sandwich Complexes“


  • Hiyam Salem, Martin Schmitt, Ulrike Herrlich (née Blumbach), Erik Kühnel, Marcel Brill, Philipp Nägele, André L. Bogado, Frank Rominger, Peter Hofmann, Organometallics 2013, 32, 29-46.
    „Bulky N-Phosphinomethyl-Functionalized N-Heterocyclic Carbene Chelate Ligands: Synthesis, Molecular Geometry, Electronic Structure, and Their Ruthenium Alkylidene Complexes“


  • Philipp Nägele, Ulrike Herrlich (neé Blumbach), Frank Rominger, Peter Hofmann, Organometallics 2013, 32, 181-191.
    „Transition Metal Complexes of Bulky, Electron-Rich N‑Phosphanyl-Substituted N‑Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHCP Ligands). Small Bite Angle Four-Membered (κ‑C,κ‑P) Chelate Structures“


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