Bert Klein GebbinkDate of birth:June 17, 1969Position:Professor of Homogeneous and Bio‐inspired Catalysis at Utrecht UniversityE‐mail:firstname.lastname@example.orgHomepage:www.uu.nl/en/research/organic‐chemistry‐catalysisORCID:0000‐0002‐0175‐8302Education: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)Current research interests: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?Bio‐inspired!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‐related catalysis.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.euWhat 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 find most exciting?Coming up with the idea, making the molecule, seeing its X‐ray structure, and finding its reactivity!What was your most exciting result to date?Our very recent findings 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!
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry – Wiley
Published: Jan 14, 2018
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