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  • 1991 - 1996  MSc University of Bern
  • 1996 - 2000  PhD with Gerard van Koten, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 2001 - 2003  Postdoctoral research with Bob Crabtree, Yale University, and at Ciba SC, Basel
  • 2003 - 2009  Assistant Professor, Univ. Fribourg
  • 2009 - 2015  Professor of Chemistry, University College Dublin
  • 2013  Bessel Award (Humboldt Foundation)
  • 2014 - 2018  ERC Consolidator Grant
  • since February 2015  Professor of Chemistry, Dept. f. Chemie und Biochemie, Univ. Bern

We are strongly interested in exploiting molecular properties of transition metals that are located in a precisely defined environment, as this makes them widely useful as active sites in chemistry, biology and materials science. The activity of these metal centers can be altered and tuned by selective modifications of the ligand sphere, hence providing a versatile methodology to tailor their application range. Three aspects of this exciting area of research are currently under investigation:

  • Implementation of organometallic components as active sites in materials
  • Development of new catalytic systems for the activation of unreactive bonds
  • Use of supramolecular principles for tailoring metal-centered processes.

In addition, we are interested in investigating the relevance of carbene-type bonding motifs in biological systems.

For a full list of publications, please see: 

Researcher ID: B-4141-2014

ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-7403-2329

 

 

Publications recorded in BORIS (Bern Open Repository and Information System): 

Journal Article

Pretorius, René; Olguín, Juan; Albrecht, Martin (2017). Carbohydrate-Functionalized 1,2,3-Triazolylidene Complexes for Application in Base-Free Alcohol and Amine Oxidation. Inorganic chemistry, 56(20), pp. 12410-12420. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01899

Johnson, Chloë Jane; Albrecht, Martin (2017). Piano-stool N-heterocyclic carbene iron complexes: Synthesis, reactivity and catalytic applications. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 352, pp. 1-14. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ccr.2017.08.027

Navarro Blasco, Miquel; Smith, Christene A.; Albrecht, Martin (2017). Enhanced Catalytic Activity of Iridium(III) Complexes by Facile Modification of C,N-Bidentate Chelating Pyridylideneamide Ligands. Inorganic chemistry, 56(19), pp. 11688-11701. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01654

Mazloomi, Zahra; Pretorius, René; Pàmies, Oscar; Albrecht, Martin; Diéguez, Montserrat (2017). Triazolylidene Iridium Complexes for Highly Efficient and Versatile Transfer Hydrogenation of C═O, C═N, and C═C Bonds and for Acceptorless Alcohol Oxidation. Inorganic chemistry, 56(18), pp. 11282-11298. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01707

Johnson, Chloë Jane; Albrecht, Martin (2017). Triazolylidene Iron(II) Piano-Stool Complexes: Synthesis and Catalytic Hydrosilylation of Carbonyl Compounds. Organometallics, 36(15), pp. 2902-2913. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00349

Valencia Calvo, Marta; Pereira, Ana; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Belderraín, Tomás R.; Pérez, Pedro J.; Albrecht, Martin (2017). Triazolylidene-Iridium Complexes with a Pendant Pyridyl Group for Cooperative Metal-Ligand Induced Catalytic Dehydrogenation of Amines. Chemistry - a European journal, 23(37), pp. 8901-8911. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/chem.201700676

Pretorius, René; Mazloomi, Zahra; Albrecht, Martin (2017). Synthesis, hemilability, and catalytic transfer hydrogenation activity of iridium(III) and ruthenium(II) complexes containing oxygen-functionalised triazolylidene ligands. Journal of organometallic chemistry, 845, pp. 196-205. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2017.05.014

Vivancos Ureña, Angela; Albrecht, Martin (2017). Influence of the Linker Length and Coordination Mode of (Di)Triazolylidene Ligands on the Structure and Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation Activity of Iridium(III) Centers. Organometallics, 36(8), pp. 1580-1590. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00140

Navarro Blasco, Miquel; Wang, Suxiao; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Redmong, Gareth; Farrás, Pau; Albrecht, Martin (2017). Triazolylidene Metal Complexes Tagged with a Bodipy Chromophore: Synthesis and Monitoring of Ligand Exchange Reactions. Organometallics, 36(8), pp. 1469-1478. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00672

Hollering, Manuela; Albrecht, Martin; Kühn, Fritz E. (2016). Bonding and Catalytic Application of Ruthenium N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes Featuring Triazole, Triazolylidene, and Imidazolylidene Ligands. Organometallics, 35(17), pp. 2980-2986. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00504

Schmitt, Florian; Donnelly, Kate; Muenzner, Julienne K.; Rehm, Tobias; Novohradsky, Vojtech; Brabec, Viktor; Kasparkova, Jana; Albrecht, Martin; Schobert, Rainer; Mueller, Thomas (2016). Effects of histidin-2-ylidene vs. imidazol-2-ylidene ligands on the anticancer and antivascular activity of complexes of ruthenium, iridium, platinum, and gold. Journal of inorganic biochemistry, 163, pp. 221-228. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2016.07.021

Sabater Lopez, Sara; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin (2016). Carboxylate-Functionalized Mesoionic Carbene Precursors: Decarboxylation, Ruthenium Bonding, and Catalytic Activity in Hydrogen Transfer Reactions. Organometallics, 35(13), pp. 2256-2266. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00322

Pretorius, René; Fructos, Manuel R.; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Gossage, Robert A.; Pérez, Pedro J.; Albrecht, Martin (2016). Synthesis and catalytic applications of 1,2,3-triazolylidene gold( i ) complexes in silver-free oxazoline syntheses and C–H bond activation. Dalton transactions, 45(37), pp. 14591-14602. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/C6DT02181F

Galanti, Agostino; Kotova, Oxana; Blasco, Salvador; Johnson, Chloë Jane; Peacock, Robert D.; Mills, Shaun; Boland, John J.; Albrecht, Martin; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur (2016). Exploring the Effect of Ligand Structural Isomerism in Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Chiral Luminescent Eu III Self-Assemblies. Chemistry - a European journal, 22(28), pp. 9709-9723. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/chem.201600560

Farrell, Kevin; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin (2016). Versatile bonding and coordination modes of ditriazolylidene ligands in rhodium( iii ) and iridium( iii ) complexes. Dalton transactions, 45(40), pp. 15859-15871. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/C6DT01760F

Navarro Blasco, Miquel; Li, Mo; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Bernhard, Stefan; Albrecht, Martin (2016). Donor-Flexible Nitrogen Ligands for Efficient Iridium-Catalyzed Water Oxidation Catalysis. Chemistry - a European journal, 22(20), pp. 6740-6745. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/chem.201600875

Farrell, Kevin; Melle, Philipp; Gossage, Robert A.; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin (2016). Transfer hydrogenation with abnormal dicarbene rhodium( iii ) complexes containing ancillary and modular poly-pyridine ligands. Dalton transactions, 45(11), pp. 4570-4579. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/C5DT04656D

Valencia Calvo, Marta; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Gossage, Robert A.; Albrecht, Martin (2016). Enhanced product selectivity promoted by remote metal coordination in acceptor-free alcohol dehydrogenation catalysis. Chemical communications, 52(16), pp. 3344-3347. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/C6CC00267F

Wei, Yingfei; Liu, Shi-Xia; Müller-Bunz, Helge; Albrecht, Martin (2016). Synthesis of Triazolylidene Nickel Complexes and Their Catalytic Application in Selective Aldehyde Hydrosilylation. ACS Catalysis, 6(12), pp. 8192-8200. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acscatal.6b02269

Book Section

Farrell, Kevin; Albrecht, Martin (2016). Late Transition Metal Complexes with Pincer Ligands that Comprise N-Heterocyclic Carbene Donor Sites. In: van Koten, Gerard; Gossage, Robert A. (eds.) The Privileged Pincer-Metal Platform: Coordination Chemistry & Applications. Topics in Organometallic Chemistry: Vol. 54 (pp. 45-91). Cham: Springer International Publishing 10.1007/3418_2015_127

Conference or Workshop Item

Albrecht, Martin (6 November 2017). Exploring and exploiting ligands with dynamic bonding properties for catalytic applications (Unpublished). In: Department seminar, Queen’s University Kingston. Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 6.11.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (3 November 2017). Designer ligands for bond activation and oxidation catalysis (Unpublished). In: 50th Inorganic Discussion Weekend, Ryerson University, Canada. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 3.-5.11.2017.

Bertini, Simone; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). Nickel complexes containing oxygen-chelating mesoionic carbenes as cheap and efficient hydrosilylation catalysts (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.8.2017.

Lenzen, Karst Eelco; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). Efficient modulation of the donor sites of triazolylidene metal complexes for enhancing catalytic activity (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.8.2017.

Navarro Blasco, Miquel; Smith, Christene; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). Enhanced catalytic activity of iridium(III) complexes by facile modification of C,N-bidentate chelating pyridylideneamide ligands (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.8.2017.

Heath, Rachael Bridget; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of silver(I) for C-C bond activation of alkylnitriles and catalytic oxazoline synthesis (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.8.2017.

Vivancos Ureña, Angela; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). Activation of sp3 Carbon-Hydrogen Bonds Mediated by Bis(NHC) Iridium Complexes (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.8.2017.

Byrne, Joseph Peter; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). Carbohydrate-functionalised transition metal–NHC catalysts (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.8.2017.

Melle, Philipp; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). Pincer-type Pyridylidene Amide (PYA) Ruthenium Complexes in Transfer Hydrogenation Catalysis (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.8.2017.

Olivares Moreno, Marta; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). Synthesis of iridium complexes containing both hydride and functionalized triazolylidene ligands (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.8.2017.

Johnson, Chloë Jane; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). Triazolylidene iron(II) piano-stool complexes: synthesis and catalytic hydrosilylation of carbonyl compounds (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.08.2017.

Johnson, Chloë Jane; Albrecht, Martin (21 August 2017). Triazolylidene iron(II) piano-stool complexes: synthesis and catalytic hydrosilylation of carbonyl compounds (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2017. Bern, Switzerland. 21.-22.08.2017.

Valencia Calvo, Marta; Albrecht, Martin (9 July 2017). Triazolylidene Iridium Complexes with a pending pyridyl group for cooperative metal-ligand induced catalytic dehydrogenation of amines (Unpublished). In: EuCheMS International Organometallic Conference XXII (EuCOMC) 2017. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 9.-13.7.2017.

Navarro Blasco, Miquel; Albrecht, Martin (9 July 2017). Donor-Flexible Nitrogen Ligands for Ir-Catalyzed WOx (Unpublished). In: EuCheMS International Organometallic Conference XXII (EuCOMC) 2017. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 9.-13.7.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (9 July 2017). First row transition metal catalysis using triazolylidenes as NHC ligands (Unpublished). In: EuCheMS International Organometallic Conference XXII (EuCOMC) 2017. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 9.-13.7.2017.

Heath, Rachael Bridget; Albrecht, Martin (9 July 2017). N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of silver(I) for C-C bond activation of alkylnitriles and catalytic oxazoline synthesis (Unpublished). In: EuCheMS International Organometallic Conference XXII (EuCOMC) 2017. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 9.-13.7.2017.

Byrne, Joseph Peter; Albrecht, Martin (9 July 2017). Carbohydrate-functionalised transition metal–NHC catalysts (Unpublished). In: EuCheMS International Organometallic Conference XXII (EuCOMC) 2017. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 9.-13.7.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (18 June 2017). Bond Activation for Catalysis: What Can We Learn from the Metal (and the Ligand)? (Unpublished). In: XLII International Summer School on Organic Synthesis "A. Corbella" (ISOS 2017). Gargnano, Italy. 18.-22.6.2017.

Ségaud, Nathalie Sylvie Laetitia; Albrecht, Martin (7 June 2017). Tuning copper enzymes activity using a carbene exogenous ligand (Unpublished). In: 14th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry (ISABC 2017). Toulouse, France. 7.-10.6.2017.

Bertini, Simone; Albrecht, Martin (3 May 2017). New Ni and Co NHC complexes containing mesoionic ligands (Unpublished). In: NoNoMeCat 2nd Annual Meeting. Brest, France. 3.-5.7.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (10 April 2017). Donor-Flexible Designer Ligands for Oxidation Catalysis (Unpublished). In: ISACS: Challenges in Inorganic Chemistry. Manchester, United Kingdom. 10.-13.4.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (29 March 2017). Bond activation catalysis using less stabilized N-heterocyclic carbene ligands (Unpublished). In: Seminar at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Bombay, India. 29.3.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (28 March 2017). Synthesis and catalytic opportunities of new types of N-heterocyclic carbene ligands (Unpublished). In: Seminar at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. Bangalore, India. 28.3.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (27 March 2017). Strongly donating carbene ligands for improving oxidation catalysis (Unpublished). In: Seminar at University of Hyderabad. Hyderabad, India. 27.3.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (23 March 2017). Mesoionic ligands: A design principle for efficientive oxidation catalysis (Unpublished). In: Seminar at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Kanpur, India. 23.3.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (21 March 2017). Sustainable Chemistry through Catalysis (Unpublished). In: GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic Networks) Lectures. Kanpur, India. 21.-24.3.2017.

Valencia Calvo, Marta; Albrecht, Martin (6 March 2017). Triazolylidene Iridium Complexes for Amine Recognition and AcceptorlessDehydrogenation (Unpublished). In: 5th CARISMA Meeting - Catalityc Routines for Small Molecule Activation. Lisbon, Portugal. 6.-8.3.2017.

Vivancos Ureña, Angela; Albrecht, Martin (6 March 2017). Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Applications of Chelating Dicarbene Iridium and Rhodium Complexes (Unpublished). In: 5th CARISMA Meeting - Catalityc Routines for Small Molecule Activation. Lisbon, Portugal. 6.-8.3.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (11 January 2017). Designer Ligands for (Water) Oxidation Catalysis (Unpublished). In: NoNoMeCat (ITN) Ligand Design Workshop. Freiburg, Germany. 11.01.2017.

Albrecht, Martin (13 December 2016). Designer ligands for oxidation catalysis (Unpublished). In: Department Seminar. University of Zürich, Switzerland. 13.12.2016.

Albrecht, Martin (28 November 2016). Designer Ligands for (Water) Oxidation Catalysis (Unpublished). In: Colloquium for Inorganic Chemistry. Technical University of Munich, Germany. 28.11.2016.

Johnson, Chloë Jane; Albrecht, Martin (28 October 2016). Synthesis and catalytic activity of triazolylidene iron(II) piano stool complexes (Unpublished). In: Swiss Industrial Chemistry Symposium 2016. Basel, Switzerland. 28.10.2016.

Pretorius, René; Albrecht, Martin (28 October 2016). O-Functionalized 1,2,3-triazolylidene metal complexes for redox catalysis (Unpublished). In: 1st Swiss Industrial Chemistry Symposium 2016. Basel, Switzerland. 28.10.2016.

Albrecht, Martin (12 October 2016). Designer ligands for Oxidation Catalysis (Unpublished). In: Invited Seminar. University of Groningen, The Netherlands. 12.10.2016.

Byrne, Joseph Peter; Albrecht, Martin (15 September 2016). Investigating the benefits of incorporating carbohydrates into NHC systems for catalytic applications. CHIMIA, 70(7/8), IC143. Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft

Johnson, Chloë Jane; Albrecht, Martin (15 September 2016). Synthesis and catalytic activity of triazolylidene iron(II) piano stool complexes (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting. Zürich, Switzerland. 15.09.2016.

Lenzen, Karst Eelco; Albrecht, Martin (15 September 2016). Facile post-modification to efficiently modulate the catalytic activity of triazolylidene iridium complexes (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2016. Zürich, Switzerland. 15.09.2016.

Olivares Moreno, Marta; Albrecht, Martin (15 September 2016). Mesoionic iridium complexes: Comparing chemical and electrochemical water oxidation (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2016. Zürich, Switzerland. 15.09.2016.

Pretorius, René; Albrecht, Martin (15 September 2016). O-Functionalized 1,2,3-triazolylidene metal complexes for redox catalysis (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2016. Zürich, Switzerland. 15.09.2016.

Segarra Almela, Maria de la Candelaria; Albrecht, Martin (15 September 2016). Donor-adaptive Bis-Pyridylideneamide Ligands for Ruthenium-mediated redox Catalysis (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2016. Zürich, Switzerland. 15.09.2016.

Vivancos Ureña, Angela; Albrecht, Martin (15 September 2016). Synthesis and Catalytic Application of Chelating Dicarbene Iridium Complexes (Unpublished). In: SCS Fall Meeting 2016. Zürich, Switzerland. 15.09.2016.

Segarra Almela, Maria de la Candelaria; Albrecht, Martin (7 September 2016). Donor-adaptive Bis-Pyridylideneamide Ligands for Ruthenium-mediated redox Catalysis (Unpublished). In: XXXIV Congress of the Organometallic Chemistry Specialized Group (GEQO). Girona, Spain. 07.-09.09.2016.

Vivancos Ureña, Angela; Albrecht, Martin (7 September 2016). Synthesis and Characterization of Chelating Dicarbene Iridium Complexes (Unpublished). In: XXXIV Congress of the Organometallic Chemistry Specialized Group of the Real Sociedad Española de Química. Girona, Spain. 07.-09.09.2016.

Navarro Blasco, Miquel; Smith, Christene; Albrecht, Martin (5 September 2016). Water Oxidation Catalyzed by Iridium Complexes Containing New Donor-Flexible Nitrogen Ligands. (Unpublished). In: ICCE 2016 (Inorganic Chemistry Conference Erlangen). Erlangen, Germany. 05.-07.09.2016.

Olivares Moreno, Marta; Albrecht, Martin (5 September 2016). Modification and optimization of mesoionic ligands for iridium water oxidation (Unpublished). In: Second Inorganic Chemistry Conference Erlangen (ICCE 2016). Erlangen, Germany. 05.-07.09.2016.

Albrecht, Martin (3 July 2016). Water oxidation at iridium centers containing mesoionic and related ligands: concepts to enhance catalytic activity (Unpublished). In: 42nd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC). Brest, France. 03.-08.07.2016.

Pretorius, René; Albrecht, Martin (3 July 2016). O-Functionalized 1,2,3-triazolylidene metal complexes for redox catalysis (Unpublished). In: 42nd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC). Brest, France. 03.-08.07.2016.

Olivares Moreno, Marta; Albrecht, Martin (14 June 2016). Fine tuning mesoionic iridium complexes for water oxidation (Unpublished). In: XXVI Biennial Meeting in Organic Chemistry of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain (RSEQ). Huelva, Spain. 14.-17.06.2016.

Albrecht, Martin (17 May 2016). Ligands with flexible donor properties: benefits in catalysis (Unpublished). In: Organisch-Chemisches Kolloquium. Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. 17.05.2016.

Albrecht, Martin (17 April 2016). Mesoionic ligands, an attractive platform for metal-mediated bond activation (Unpublished). In: Girona Seminar 2016. Girona, Spain. 17.-20.4.2016.

Pretorius, René; Albrecht, Martin (17 April 2016). Synthesis and catalytic application of gold(I) 1,2,3-triazolylidene complexes (Unpublished). In: Girona Seminar Predictive Catalysis: Transition-Metal Reactivity by Design. Girona, Spain. 17.-20.04.2016.

Navarro Blasco, Miquel; Smith, Christine Catherine; Albrecht, Martin (21 March 2016). Donor-Flexible Nitrogen Ligands For Efficient Iridium-Catalyzed Water Oxidation Catalysis. (Unpublished). In: 4th COST-CARISMA Meeting (Catalytic Routines for Small Molecule Activation). Ljubljana, Slovenia. 21.-24.03.2016.

Olivares Moreno, Marta; Albrecht, Martin (21 March 2016). Fine tuning mesoionic iridium complexes for water oxidation (Unpublished). In: COST CARISMA meeting 2016. Ljubljana, Slovenia. 21.-23.03.2016.

Albrecht, Martin (4 March 2016). Designer Ligands for (Water) Oxidation Catalysis (Unpublished). In: Invited Seminar. University of Basel, Switzerland. 04.03.2016.

Albrecht, Martin (18 January 2016). Mesoionic ligands: not so exotic and very attractive for catalysis (Unpublished). In: Invited Seminar. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. 18.01.2016.

Albrecht, Martin (6 January 2016). Ligand donor flexibility as a concept for efficient metal-mediated homogeneous (de)hydrogenation catalysis (Unpublished). In: UK Catalysis Conference 2016. Loughborough, United Kingdom. 06.-08.01.2016.

  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Function/Role: Fellow 
  • American Chemical Society,  Function/Role: member
  • Swiss Chemical Society, Function/Role: member
  • Royal Dutch Society of Chemistry, Function/Role: member