David Kuß

Catalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide with Manganese Complexes

  • Screening of catalysts and reaction conditions for the hydrogenation of CO2 via formate esters to methanol
  • Analysis of reaction pathway by mechanistic experiments (e.g. isotope labelling) and DFT modelling of the energy profile
  • Calculation of hydricity as a design tool for new complexes with an improved activity
  • Synthesis of new ligands and manganese complexes
  • Comparison of calculated and experimental properties (e.g. kinetics vs. energy span)


Kuß, D.A.; Hölscher, M.; Leitner, W., Hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol with Mn-PNP-Pincer complexes in the presence of Lewis acids: the formate resting state unleashed. ChemCatChem. 2021, 13, 3319-3323. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.202100649.

David Kuß

Group: Prof.  Leitner, Department of Molecular Catalysis, Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion