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Messerle Group

Organometallic chemistry, catalysis and surface chemistry
Our research is aimed at the development of novel transition metal complexes that act as highly efficient and industrially feasible catalysts.

Our aims

Work in the Messerle group is focused on designing organometallic catalysts that improve the reaction efficiency of organic transformations, thereby saving energy and decreasing waste produced during industrial chemical processes. The work involves the development of novel transition metal complexes, as well as designing new catalysis methodologies using bifunctional catalysts targeting multistep reactions. The development of these catalysts stems from fundamental design concepts and encompasses both, mono- and multi-metallic complexes. The development of surface-bound (hybrid) transition metal allows us to access catalysts that are viable for industrial use. Recyclability makes them highly relevant to design greener chemical processes. Our multidisciplinary approach combines synthetic chemistry with surface science and nanotechnology.

Our research

Our research is concentrated in the following areas:

  • Novel organometallic catalyst design
  • Multi-metallic catalysts for enhanced reactivity
  • Bifunctional photo- and transition metal catalysts
  • New applications for surface bound (hybrid) rhodium and iridium catalysts
  • Novel mono- and multi-metallic hybrid catalysts

In addition to the above projects, we are working on a variety of other research topics such as fundamental investigations of new reactions involving organometallic and organic substrates, use of para-hydrogen and reduction of CO2 gas.

Our people


If you wish to study or collaborate with this group, please contact Professor Barbara Messerle.

Barbara Messerle

Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor