The Schäfer group is interested in molecular organometallic chemistry of the main group elements. The main focus lies on cyclopentadienyl compounds like mtellocenes and metallocenophanes.
In particular the focus lies on coordination chemistry of main-group metallocenes, their related half-sandwich derivativs, synthesis of new ring-strained main-group metallocenophanes, and application of these compounds in catalysis and small molecule activation.



Important techniques are the synthesis under inert gas conditions, characterization of the compounds by one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy in solution and in the solid state, as well as single-crystal X-ray crystallography and DFT calculations.



selected publications:



Magnesocenophane Catalyzed Amine Borane Dehydrocoupling

Chem. Eur. J.  2020, 26, 6176-6184






A bis(aluminocenophane) with a short aluminum–aluminum single bond

Dalton Trans.  2019, 48, 14953-14957


Synthesis, Structure, and Bonding Analysis of Tin(II) Dihalide and Cyclopenta- dienyltin(II) Halide (Alkyl)(amino)carbene Complexes

Organometallics  2019, 38, 1052-1061


Permethylated Disila[2]metallocenophanes of Group 14 and 15 Elements

Chem. Eur. J.  2019, 25, 173-176