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Welcome to the Gellrich Lab

Our research focuses on the activation of small molecules by metal-free systems. By designing our systems, we like to be inspired by nature. A centerpiece of our work are state-of-the-art QM calculations, guiding the synthetic work.

Dr. Urs Gellrich

Justus Liebig University Giessen

Institute of Organic Chemistry

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 17

35392 Giessen, Germany

Tel: +49(0) 641 / 99 343 50

Tel: +49(0) 641 / 99 343 01 (Secretary)

Fax: +49(0) 641 / 99 343 09 (Secretary)

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Congratulations to Felix! His work In Situ Formation of an Efficient Catalyst for the Semihydrogenation of Alkynes from Imidazolone and BH3 has been accepted for publication in ACS Catal.

Congratulations to Arthur, Max, and Tizian! Their work 1,2-Carboboration of Arylallenes by In Situ Generated Alkenylboranes for the Synthesis of 1,4-Dienes has been accepted for publication in Chem. Eur. J.

Congratulations to Max, Tizian, and Arthur! Their work Piers' Borane Induced Tetramerization of Arylacetylenes has been accepted for publication in Chem. Eur. J.

Our contribution to the YourJOC Talents collection is now online.

Congratulations to Max, Felix, and Arthur! Their work Indene formation upon borane-induced cyclization of arylallenes, 1,1 carboboration, and retro-hydroboration has been accepted for publication in Chem. Commun.

We are grateful to Boehringer Ingelheim for an Exploration Grant.

Our work on dehydrogenation of ammonia‐borane was highlighted in Nachrichten aus der Chemie in March 2021.

Congratulations to Max! His invited minireview Boron‐Ligand Cooperation: The Concept and Applications has been published in Chem. Eur. J.

Congratulations to Felix and Tizian! Their invited feature article Synthesis of 6-Adamantyl-2-pyridone and Reversible Hydrogen Activation by the Corresponding Bis(perfluorophenyl)borane Complex has been published in Synthesis

Congratulations to Max, Sebastian, and Arthur! Their work Formation of Nucleophilic Allylboranes from Molecular Hydrogen and Allenes Catalyzed by a Pyridonate Borane that Displays Frustrated Lewis Pair Reactivity has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and was highlighted in Org. Process Res. Dev.: Some Items of Interest to Process R&D Chemists and Engineers

Congratulations to Felix and Max! Their work Semihydrogenation of Alkynes Catalyzed by a Pyridone Borane Complex: Frustrated Lewis Pair reactivity and Boron‐Ligand Cooperation in Concert has been published in Chem. Eur. J.

Congratulations to Max! His work Efficient Organocatalytic Dehydrogenation of Ammonia‐Borane has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and was highlighted in Synfacts: Organocatalysis Meets Hydrogen Storage: Efficient Dehydrogenation of Ammonia-Borane.

Congratulations to Jama for being awarded the Hoechst fellowship!

Congratulations to Max and Tizian! Their work Metal-free gem selective Dimerization of Terminal Alkynes catalyzed by a Pyridonate Borane complex has been highlighted as inside front cover in the latest issue of Catal. Sci. Technol.

We moved into a new lab and it is finally done! Now we are fully equipped with our own glovebox.

Congratulations to Tizian and Max! Their work Aldehyde Reduction by a Pyridone Borane Complex via Boron-Ligand-Cooperation: Concerted or not? is part of the special issue of Eur. J. Org. Chem. dedicated to Organic Reaction Mechanisms.

The very first piece of work of the Gellrich Group is published at Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.: Reversible Hydrogen Activation by a Pyridonate Borane Complex: Combining Frustrated Lewis Pair Reactivity with Boron-Ligand Cooperation