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Modern Catalysis

The combination of organo-, transition metal and photocatalysis has attracted increasing attention as it can enable the development of unprecedented transformations with high reactivity, efficiency and stereo control.

Counterion-enhanced organocatalysis

Asymmetric organocatalysis offers an intriguing method of affording optically active compounds without toxic and/or expensive transition metals are required. We are developing novel, natural-derived ion-paired catalysts. The combination of chiral amines and phosphoric acids results in simple, easily accessible, and highly tunable catalyst frameworks. We have already demonstrated this approach to be effective for asymmetric epoxidations, aziridinations, Michael-addition-initiated cascade reactions, asymmetric transfer hydrogenations and asymmetric allylation reactions. Currently, our research focuses on expanding the reaction scope to novel asymmetric transformations, as well as on the combination of asymmetric organocatalysis and photoredox catalysis.

Photocatalysis, visible-light-driven reactions and photo-organocataly

The formation of C-C bonds is one of the most challenging reaction in synthetic organic chemistry. Photocatalysis and light-driven reactions enable complementary reactivities to classical synthetic approaches and therefore, is a powerful tool for exploring novel chemical transformations. We are developing photocatalyst-free, simple light-driven transformations, and aiming to find ways for synthetically challenging problems by merging of classical photoredox and organocatalysis.

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Lisa Eisele

Project Assistant, MSc
Lisa obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Stuttgart. During her Master’s studies she focused on Materials Chemistry gaining more lab experience during an ERASMUS stay at CPE Lyon working with polymerizable Pickering Emulsions. While doing her Master’s thesis she worked on organic/inorganic perovskite solar cells. In January 2021 she joined the Schröder research group as a PhD student. Her work is focused on Ionic Liquid co-catalyzed photocatalytic CO2 reduction.

Ádám Márk Pálvölgyi

Group Management

Ádám obtained his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2015. After a short visiting semester in Belgium, he continued with his master studies in Hungary, where he focused on the synthesis and application of sugar-based crown ethers for asymmetric catalysis. Ádám joined the group in 2017 as a PhD student. Since finishing his PhD , he is a postdoctoral fellow in the group. His research focuses on sustainable chemistry, asymmetric catalysis, as well as on photochemical transformations.

Marie Entstrasser

Group Management
Marie is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna. She helps Katharina with administrative duties and lab management.