Prof. P. Hofmann

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12.01.1947 - 15.08.2015


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.



Recent publications:


C.C. Brown, F. Rominger, M. Limbach, P. Hofmann
Bulky N‑Phosphino-Functionalized N‑Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands: Synthesis, Ruthenium Coordination Chemistry, and Ruthenium Alkylidene Complexes for Olefin Metathesis
Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 10126−10140.

J. Mormul, M. Mulzer, T. Rosendahl, F. Rominger, M. Limbach, P. Hofmann
Synthesis of Adipic Aldehyde by n-Selective Hydroformylation of 4-Pentenal
Organometallics 2015, 34, 4102

P.N. Plessow, J.J. Carbo, A. Schaefer, P. Hofmann
Selective Carbon-Carbon Bond Activation of Oxirane by a Bisphosphine Pt(0) Complex-A Theoretical Study
Organometallics 2015, 34, 3764

M. Brendel, R. Engelke, V.G. Desai, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
Synthesis and Reactivity of Platinum(II) cis-Dialkyl, cis-Alkyl Chloro, and cis-Alkyl Hydrido Bis-N-heterocyclic Carbene Chelate Complexes
Organometallics 2015, 34, 2870

S. Schmidt, E. Barath, C. Larcher, T. Rosendahl, P. Hofmann
Rhodium-catalyzed hydroformylation of 1,3-butadiene to adipic aldehyde: revealing selectivity and rate-determining steps
Organometallics 2015, 34, 841

M. Brendel, J. Wenz, I.V. Shishkov, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
Lithium Complexes of Neutral Bis-NHC Ligands
Organometallics 2015, 34, 669

M. Brill, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
1,2-Bis(di-tert-butylphosphino)imidazole (dtbpi): a versatile imidazole-based, rigid, bulky bisphosphine ligand for transition metals
Organometallics 2015, 34, 506

S.C.E. Stieber, N. Huguet, T. Kageyama, I. Jevtovikj, P. Ariyananda, A. Gordillo, S.A. Schunk, F. Rominger,
P. Hofmann, M. Limbach
Acrylate formation from CO2 and ethylene: catalysis with palladium and mechanistic insight
Chem. Comm. 2015, 51, 10907

M. Brill, D. Marrwitz, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
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

J. Organomet. Chem. 2015, 775, 137 – 151.



P. Hofmann, M. Brill
NHCP ligand for catalysis
in Molecular Catalysts: structure and functional design (Eds. L.H. Gade and P.
Hofmann), Wiley-VCH 2014, 207 – 233.

P. Hofmann, M.E. Tauchert
Ligand design and mechanistic studies for Ni-catalyzed hydrocyanation and 2-methyl-3-butenenitrile isomerization based upon Rh-hydroformylation research
in Molecular Catalysts: structure and functional design (Eds. L.H. Gade and P.
Hofmann), Wiley-VCH 2014, 161 – 181.

Molecular Catalysts: structure and functional design (Eds. L.H. Gade and P. Hofmann), Wiley VCH 2014

C.C. Brown, P.N. Plessow, F. Rominger, M. Limbach, P. Hofmann
Unexpected Reactivity Patterns of Ruthenium Alkylidenes with N-Phosphino-Functionalized N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands (NHCPs)
Organometallics 2014, 33, 6754

S. Schmidt, E. Barath, T. Prommnitz, T. Rosendahl, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
Synthesis and Characterization of Crotyl Intermediates in Rh-Catalyzed Hydroformylation of 1,3-Butadiene
Organometallics 2014, 33, 6018

P.N. Plessow, A. Schäfer, M. Limbach, P. Hofmann
Acrylate Formation from CO2 and Ethylene Mediated by Nickel Complexes - A Theoretical Study
Organometallics 2014, 33, 3657

G. Abkai, S. Schmidt, T. Rosendahl, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
Iridium Models of Rhodium Intermediates in Hydroformylation Catalysis: Isolation and Molecular Structures of Fluxional ae and ee Isomers
Organometallics 2014, 33, 3212

N. Huguet, I. Jevtovikj, A. Gordillo, M.L. Lejkowski, R. Lindner, M. Bru, A.Y. Khalimon, F. Rominger, S.A. Schunk,
P. Hofmann
Nickel-Catalyzed Direct Carboxylation of Olefins with CO2: One-Pot Synthesis of
a,b-Unsaturated Carboxylic Acid Salts
Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 16858

M. Brendel, C. Braun, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
Bis-NHC Chelate Complexes of Nickel(0) and Platinum(0)

Angew. Chem. 2014, 126, 8886 – 8890; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 87418745.

X. Ye, P.N. Plessow, M.K. Brinks, M. Schelwies, T. Schaub, F. Rominger, R. Paciello, M. Limbach, P. Hofmann
Alcohol Amination with Ammonia Catalyzed by an Acridine-Based Ruthenium Pincer Complex: A Mechanistic Study
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 5923

S. Schmidt, P. Deglmann, P. Hofmann
Density Functional Investigations of the Rh-Catalyzed Hydroformylation of 1,3-Butadiene with Bisphosphite Ligands
ACS Catal. 2014, 4, 3593

S. Wöckel, P.N. Plessow, M. Schelwies, M.K. Brinks, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann, M. Limbach
Alcohol Amination with Aminoacidato Cp*Ir(III)-Complexes as Catalysts: Dissociation of the Chelating Ligand during Initiation
ACS Catal. 2014, 4, 152



M.J. Chalkley, L.M. Guard, N. Hazari, P. Hofmann, D.P. Hruszkewycz, T.J. Schmeier,  M.K. Takase
Synthesis, Electronic Structure, and Reactivity of Palladium(I) Dimers with Bridging Allyl, Cyclopentadienyl, and Indenyl Ligands
Organometallics 2013, 32, 4223 – 4238.

A. Wetzel, S. Wöckel, M. Schelwies, M.K. Brinks, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann, M. Limbach
Selective Alkylation of Amines with Alcohols by Cp*-Iridium(III) Half-Sandwich Complexes
Org. Lett.
2013, 15, 266

P.N. Plessow, L. Weigel, R. Lindner, A. Schäfer, F. Rominger, M. Limbach, P. Hofmann
Mechanistic Details of the Nickel-Mediated Formation of Acrylates from CO2, Ethylene and Methyl Iodide
2013, 32, 3327

S. Schmidt, G. Abkai, T. Rosendahl, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
Inter- and Intramolecular Interactions in Triptycene-Derived Bisphosphite Hydroformylation Catalysts: Structures, Energies, and Caveats for DFT-Assisted Ligand Design
2013, 32, 1044

P. Nägele, U. Herrlich (neé Blumbach), F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
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

Organometallics 2013, 32, 181 – 191.

H. Salem, M. Schmitt, U. Herrlich (née Blumbach), E. Kühnel, M. Brill, P. Nägele, A.L. Bogado, F. Rominger,
P. Hofmann
Bulky N-Phosphinomethyl-Functionalized N-Heterocyclic Carbene Chelate Ligands: Synthesis, Molecular Geometry, Electronic Structure, and Their Ruthenium Alkylidene Complexes
2013, 32, 29

M. Brill, E. Kühnel, C. Scriban, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
A short and modular synthesis of bulky and electron-rich N-phosphinomethyl-functionalised N-heterocyclic carbene complexes

Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 12861



E. Kühnel, I.V. Shishkov, F. Rominger, T. Oeser, P. Hofmann
Synthesis and Structures of Copper(I) Complexes with Phosphino-Functionalized N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHCP) and Bis-N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (Bis-NHC)

Organometallics 2012, 31, 8000 – 8011.

M. Schultz, F. Eisenträger, C. Regius, F. Rominger, P. Hanno-Igels, P. Jakob, I. Gruber, P. Hofmann
Crowded diphosphinomethane ligands in catalysis: [(R2PCH2PR´2-
k2P)NiR´´]+ cations for ethylene polymerization without activators
Organometallics 2012, 31, 207 – 224.

M. L. Lejkowski, R. Lindner, T. Kageyama, G. É. Bódizs, P. N. Plessow, I. B. Müller, A. Schäfer, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann, C. Futter, S. A. Schunk, M. Limbach
The First Catalytic Synthesis of an Acrylate from CO2 and an Alkene – A Rational Approach
Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 14017 – 14025.



M.A.O. Volland, T. Schnetz, P. Hofmann
and efficient development of a new class of highly active ring-opening metathesis polymerization catalysts
in Modeling of Molecular Properties (Ed. Peter Comba), Wiley-VCH 2011, 165 – 190.

S. E. Smith, P. Hofmann
Towards the Rhodium-Catalyzed Bis-Hydroformylation of 1,3-Butadiene to Adipic Aldehyde
Organometallics 2011, 30, 3643 – 3651.

M.E. Tauchert, D.C.M. Warth, S.M. Braun, I. Gruber, A. Ziesak, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
Highly efficient nickel-catalyzed 2-methyl-3-butenenitrile isomerization: applications and mechanistic studies employing the TTP ligand family

Organometallics 2011, 30, 2790 – 2809.



T. Schnetz, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
m-chlorido-bis{[m-1,8-bis(diisopropylphosphanyl)-9,10-dihydro-9,10-ethanoanthracene-k2P:P']-m-chlorido-m-methylidene-dipalladium(II)} tetrahydrofuran pentasolvate
Acta Crystallogr. Sect. E: 2010, 66(4), m453 – m454.

M.E. Tauchert, T.R. Kaiser, A.P.V. Göthlich, F. Rominger, D.C.M. Warth, P. Hofmann
Phosphonite Ligand Design for Nickel-Catalyzed 2-Methyl-3-butenenitrile Isomerization and Styrene Hydrocyanation
ChemCatChem. 2010, 2, 674 – 682.

H. Urtel, C. Meier, F. Rominger, P. Hofmann
Neutral cis-alkyl olefin rhodium(I) complexes: models of intermediates in late transition metal olefin polymerization with surprising structure
Organometallics 2010, 29, 5496 – 5503.


Publications before 2010


former Teaching (special lectures and 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)


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