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Karl Kirchner

Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

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Curriculum Vitae

Karl A. Kirchner was born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, in 1960. He attended the Vienna University of Technology from 1979 until 1987, where he received his Diploma and Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Roland Schmid. After a two-year postdoctoral stay at Washington State University with Prof. John P. Hunt and an additional postdoctoral year with Nobel laureate Prof. Henry Taube at Stanford University he returned to Austria and joined the research group of Prof. Roland Schmid. He became associate Professor in 1994 at the Vienna University of Technology. He is, or has been, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Organometallics and the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, and is author of over 180 research publications in inorganic and organometallic chemistry. He received a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship in October of 1995, has been appointed as a visiting Professor at Kyushu University (Japan) in 2000 and at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India in 2008. In 1999 he was awarded with the Novartis Prize in Chemistry. His research interests are in the fields of coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and homogeneous catalysis. He is a member of the Austrian Chemical Society (GÖCH) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Research Interests

The expertise of the group of Karl A. Kirchner is centered around the themes ligand design, synthesis of transition metal complexes, applications of transition metal complexes to homogeneous catalysis. Moreover, we are interested in the mechanisms of organic and organometallic reactions mediated by transition metal complexes, which is investigated by means of NMR and IR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and DFT calculations. Our main research goal is to develop well-defined non-precious transition metal complexes, with emphasis on iron, molybdenum and tungsten, for catalytic transformations that are related to synthesis, energy, and sustainability. Towards this goal, we currently focus on metal catalyzed hydrogenations, C-C bond forming reactions, C-H bond functionalization, activation of small molecules such as H2, N2, O2, H2O, and CO as well as the development of synthetic models for the active site of metalloenzymes based on iron.