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Matthias Driess

Contact Info

2012 Organic Solar Cells, Taiwan
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Technische Universität Berlin


Research Focus

  • Synthesis of novel molecular functions based on compounds of the heavier main group elements (eg, silicon and phosphorus chemistry)
  • Organometallic chemistry related to molecular models of heterogeneous catalysts (eg metal oxides), electron-transfer complexes and the synthesis of molecular single-precursors (precursors) for nanoscale inorganic materials

Publications & Honors

·         Entrapment of 197th Heteropolyacids in metallic silver matrices: Unique Acid Catalysts Heterogenized. Krackl S., A. Company, Y. Aksu, D. Avnir, M. Driess. ChemCatChem 2011, Vol 3, Issue 1, 227-232 (DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201000239).

·         Unprecedented 198th Alkylzinc magnesium alkoxide clusters as Suitable Organometallic precursor for magnesium-Containing ZnO Nanoparticles. P. Heitz, Y. Aksu, C. Merschjann, M. Driess. J. Chem 2011, 17, Issue 14, 3904-3910 (DOI: 10.1002/chem.201002743)

·         199th and Zwitterionic Donor-Stabilized N-Heterocyclic Silylenes (NHSis) for Metal-Free Activation of Small Molecules. S. Yao, Y. Xiong, M. Driess. Organometallics 2011, 30, no. 7, 1748-1767 (DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1021/om200017h).

·         200th Facile Access to Homo-and Heteroleptic, Triply Bonded Dimolybdenum Hexaalkoxides with Unsaturated Ligands alkoxides.  S. Krackl, J.-G. Ma, Y. Aksu, M. Driess. Eur J. Inorg. Chem 2011, Issue 11, 1725-1732 (DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201001236).

·         Two hundred and first A Molecular Precursor Approach to Tunable Porous Tin-Rich Indium Tin Oxide with Electrical Conductivity for High Durable Bioelectronic Devices. Y. Aksu, S. Frasca, U. Wollenberger, M. and A. Thomas Driess. Chem Mater., 2011, Vol 23, No.. 7, 1798-1804 (DOI: 10.1021/cm103087p)


He received his chemistry degree in 1985 and received his doctorate in 1988 at the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. In addition, he studied philosophy at Heidelberg, and put to work "On the logical empiricism of Rudolph Carnap and the Unity of Science" from an exam. After spending a year as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Robert West, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, in 1989 he went back to Heidelberg in 1993 and completed his Habilitation in Inorganic Chemistry with the thesis "silicon and phosphorus in an unusual coordination." After three more intellectually stimulating years as a lecturer at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry in Heidelberg in 1996 he accepted a call to a Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the Ruhr University in Bochum. In 2004 he moved to the Technical University of Berlin, where he was a C4 professor of Inorganic Chemistry (Organometallic Chemistry and Inorganic Materials) has held. Since 2007 Matthias Driess is speaker of the Unicat Excellence . 2012, he was in the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina was added.