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Karl Kirchner



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Karl Kirchner was born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, in 1960. He attended the Vienna University of Technology (VUT) 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 VUT and since 1998 he is Prof. of Organometallic Chemistry at the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry (VUT). He is currently Head of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry. He is author of over 260 research publications in peer-reviewed journals (h-index 48).

The expertise of the group of Karl Kirchner is centered around the themes ligand design, synthesis of transition metal complexes, applications of transition metal complexes to homogeneous catalysis. The main research goal is to develop well-defined non-precious transition metal complexes, with emphasis on vanadium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, and molybdenum, for catalytic transformations that are related to synthesis, energy, and sustainability. Towards this goal, we currently focus on metal-catalyzed hydrogenations of alkenes, alkynes, ketones, aldehydes, and carbon dioxide, C-C and C-N bond forming reactions which involve acceptorless dehydrogenations of alcohols, cross coupling reactions, hydroborations of alkynes, hydrosilylation of alkenes, and activation of small molecules such as H2, O2, and CO2. In addition, we are interested in the mechanisms of organic and organometallic reactions mediated by transition metal complexes which are investigated by means of NMR and IR spectroscopy, ESI MS, X-ray crystallography, and DFT calculations.

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES

1999-2003Visiting Scientist (total of 2 months), Acciones Integradas Joint Spanish/Austrian Research Project, University of Cadiz, Spain (with Prof. M. C. Puerta)
1999-2003Visiting Scientist (total of 2 months), Scientific-technical Cooperation Joint Polish/Austrian Research Project, University of Wrocław, Poland (with Prof. A. M. Trzeciak)
2000Visiting Scientist (4 months), Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (with Prof. H. Nagashima)
2008Visiting Scientist (1 month), National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India (with Prof. R. Karvembu)
2014Visiting Scientist (1 month), Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (with Prof. H. Nagashima)
2017Visiting Scientist (1 month), Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan (with Prof. K. Matsubara)

NON-SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES

1991Advisor to the United Nation Special Commission, Inspections of Iraq´s Chemical Weapons Facilities as Decontamination Specialist (Three Missions)

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

1995JSPS Fellowship (1 month), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
1999Novartis Prize Austria
2012-2016Pro Didactica Teaching Awards (VUT): Best Freshman Laboratory Course, Best Audio-visual Teaching Aid, Best Teaching Material

ADVISORY BOARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS

2003-2005Advisory Board Member Organometallics
2005-2013Advisory Board Member Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.
Since 2011Austrian Delegate, EuCheMS, Division of Inorganic Chemistry
Since 1991Austrian Chemical Society, American Chemical Society

ACADEMIC RECORD

263 Publications in peer-reviewed journals (h-index 48, citations: >7000; number of citations/paper: 25), 6 Book Chapters

158 Lectures (131 keynote, plenary, and invited lectures at international conferences and universities)

SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Since 19955 postdoctoral fellows, 25 Ph.D. students, 39 Master students, 16 Bachelor students

CURRENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Since 2004General Chemistry (1st semester, Bachelor students)
Since 2004General Chemistry Laboratory Course (1st semester, Bachelor students)
Since 1998Inorganic Chemistry (3rd semester, Bachelor students)
Since 2008Advanced Organometallic Chemistry (1st semester, Master studies)

MAJOR COLLABORATORS

Prof. Maria J. Calhorda, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, DFT calculations (https://ciencias.ulisboa.pt/en/perfil/mjcalhorda)

Prof. Luis F. Veiros, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, DFT calculations (http://web.ist.utl.pt/veiros/english/)

Dr. Ernst Pittenauer, VUT, Mechanistic ESI MS studies

Prof. Liliana Ferreira, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, Mössbauer and SQUID studies

Prof. Nadia. C. Mösch-Zanetti, University of Graz, Austria, DFT calculations (https://chemie.uni-graz.at/de/bioanorganik-und-koordinationschemie/)

Dr. Luca Gonsalvi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Florence, Italy, CO2 as building block for fine chemicals (http://www.iccom.cnr.it/gonsalvi/)

MEMBERSHIP OF RESEARCH NETWORKS

2006-2011Management Committee (MC) of COST Action D40 “Innovative Catalysis: New Processes and Selectivities”
2013-2017MC of COST Action CM1205 “Catalytic Routines for Small Molecule Activation (CARISMA)”
Since 2016MC of COST Action CA15106, “C-H Activation in Organic Synthesis (CHAOS)”

ORGANIZATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

2006Organizer of Final Meeting of COST Action D17 “Oligomers, Polymers and Copolymers via Metal Catalysis” at TUW.
2007Organizer (Chairman) of the 9th FIGIPAS Meeting in Inorganic Chemistry at TUW (350 participants).