Research Interests

Our research interests are focused on the synthesis and detailed characterization of non-conventional molecular bismuth compounds. The unusual characteristics of these complexes are exploited in the fields of (1) organic and organometallic synthesis and catalysis, (2) polymerization catalysis, and (3) the synthesis of novel oligo- and polymeric compounds containing heavy p-block elements.

Methods and Techniques

Inorganic, organometallic, and organic synthesis. 1D, 2D and heteronuclear NMR-, UV/Vis-, and IR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, gel permeation chromatography, cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, single crystal X-ray diffraction, DFT calculations.

Key Publications

B. Ritschel, J. Poater, H. Dengel, F. M. Bickelhaupt,* C. Lichtenberg*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, Double CH Activation of a Masked Cationic Bismuth Amide.
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201712725

H. Dengel, C. Lichtenberg*, Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 18465-18475, Cationic Bismuth Amides: Accessibility, Structure, and Reactivity.
DOI: 10.1002/chem.201604117

C. Lichtenberg*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 484-486, Well-Defined, Mononuclear BiI and BiII Compounds: En Route to Transition-Metal-Like Behavior.
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201509234

CV of Dr. Crispin Lichtenberg

2017 Start of habilitation procedure, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Würzburg
since 2016 Junior research group leader, Institut of Inorganic Chemistry , University of Würzburg
2015-2016 Postdoctoral work with Prof. Holger Braunschweig, University of Würzburg
2013-2015 Postdoctoral work with Prof. Hansjörg Grützmacher, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2010-2013 PhD with Prof. Jun Okuda, RWTH Aachen
2004-2009 Studies of chemistry (Universities of Marburg and Cambridge)
Diploma thesis with Prof. Jörg Sundermeyer, University of Marburg)

Background and Motivation

One of the main research activities of the group is concerned with the exploitation of the intrinsic characteristics of heavy main group elements for applications in synthesis, catalysis, and materials science.


Dr. Crispin Lichtenberg
Phone: +49 931 31-88257