ORGANOMETALLICS FOR LIFE SCIENCES AND ASYMMETRIC CATALYSIS
Our research group is exploring organometallics as tools in chemical biology, lead structures for the development of future medicines, and scaffolds for the design of highly efficient asymmetric catalysts. Key focus of the Meggers lab is to exploit the unique structural opportunities provided by chemically inert metal complexes, in particular octahedral coordination geometries (up to 30 stereoisomers possible!), and apply them to asymmetric catalysis and biomolecular recognition.
LOEWE Research Cluster "SynChemBio": Link to ProLOEWE
- First example of an octahedral chiral-only-at-metal Rhodium(III)
Chem. Sci. 2015, 6,
- 2-in-1 Catalysis! Asymmetric catalysis activated by visible light with a single catalyst: Nature 2014, 515, 100-103. See also a news & views feature about this work by Skubi and Yoon in the same issue.
Minireview about metal-templated asymmetric catalysis: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 10868.
- Towards bioorthogonal catalysis with organometallics:
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53,
Metal-templated chiral Brønsted base organocatalysis: Nature Commun. 2014, 5, 5531.
Sought-after realization of a substitutionally labile (reactive) yet configurationally stable chiral-only-at-metal high performance asymmetric catalyst: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 2990-2993. Selected as "ACS Editors' Choice". Featured in JACS Spotlights and SYNFACTS.
It is organometallic: First inhibitor for human repair enzyme 7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanosine triphosphatase: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 305-309.
- Highly efficient asymmetric catalyst relying exclusively on
octahedral metal-centered chirality! J. Am. Chem. Soc.
2013, 135, 10598-10601. Featured in JACS
Spotlights and SYNFACTS.
- Gold standard for the design of structurally sophisticated metal-based enzyme inhibitors: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 5976-5986.
- First example of catalytic asymmetric coordination chemistry!
Featured in Nature Chemistry.
Link to article.
Link to cover picture.
Atomic resolution structure of a GNA duplex containing solely Watson–Crick hydrogen bonded base pairs solved in collaboration with Prof. Dr. L.-O. Essen: Helical twist due to alternating syn & anti conformations of the vicinal CO bonds: Chem. Commun.2010, 46, 1094-1096.
Chiral auxiliaries as emerging tools for the asymmetric synthesis of octahedral metal complexes: Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 752-758 (minireview).
- First iridium complex as kinase inhibitor: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 3839-3842.
Asymmetric coordination chemistry! First example of asymmetric synthesis of enantiopure ruthenium complex with the help of a chiral auxiliary: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 9602-9603.
Fachbereich Chemie, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Hans-Meerwein
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