Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2018, © 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Bert Klein Gebbink
Date of birth: June 17, 1969
Position: Professor of Homogeneous and Bio-inspired Catalysis at Utrecht
Education: MSc Chemistry (1992, Radboud University Nijmegen)
PhD Chemistry (1998, Prof. R. J. M. Nolte, Supramolecular Metallobiosite
Analogues, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Postdoc (1997–1999, Prof. T. D. P. Stack, Stanford University)
Non-noble metal catalysis, with a focus on non-heme iron-based
oxidation catalysis; bioinorganic chemistry and biomimicry;
catalytic biomass conversion; immobilized homogeneous catalysts.
Why did you choose chemistry as a career?
Because I was, and still am, fascinated by the ability of
chemists to make molecules.
In one word, how would you describe your research?
What topics are you working on at the moment?
Mostly on the use of non-noble metals in
homogeneous catalysis, which ranges from oxidation catalysis to biomass conversion, and more recently to energy-
Is your current research mainly curiosity-driven (fundamental) or rather applied?
With nature as our key inspirational source mainly curiosity-driven, although we are not afraid of applications at all!
Who are your collaborators and what aspect(s) do they cover?
Within the European training
network NoNoMeCat (Non-Noble Metal Catalysis) we have been able to bring a very nice group of collaborators
together. See: www.nonomecat.eu
What was your main motivation to go into this area of research?
Both the fundamental
questions on how a metal ion can bring about unique reactivity within a synthetic and a biological setting, and the
societal need to move towards more sustainable production pathways.
What aspects of your research do you nd most exciting?
Coming up with the idea, making the
molecule, seeing its X-ray structure, and nding its reactivity!
What was your most exciting result to date?
Our very recent ndings together with the group of
Miquel Costas on selective oxidation reactions with biomimetic non-heme iron complexes are amongst our most
exciting results in recent years.
How do you celebrate a successful paper/breakthrough?
With a good bottle of beer together
with the group!
Bert Klein Gebbink
Find out more about this author’s research at https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.201701363.