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School of Natural Science
Jan-Uwe Rohde

Associate Professor / UNIST


… to the Rohde Research Group!

Department of Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)

Our group performs research on

  • the activation of small and inert molecules,
  • the synthesis of reactive transition metal complexes, and
  • organometallic O2 reactivity.

Inorganic Chemistry — Coordination Chemistry — Organometallic Chemistry —
Molecular Design and Synthesis — Green Chemistry



Jan-Uwe Rohde, Ph.D.
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Department of Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)

Office: Building 103, Room 416
Lab: Building 103, Rooms 417, 418
Phone: +82 52 217-5423
E-mail: rohde(at)unist(dot)ac(dot)kr

Professional and Academic Positions
Associate Professor, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, 2013–present
Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Iowa, U.S.A., 2013–present
Assistant Professor, The University of Iowa, 2005–2013
Research Associate, University of Minnesota, U.S.A., 2002–2005
DFG Research Fellow, University of Minnesota, 2000–2002
Research and Teaching Associate, University of Kiel, 1999–2000

Higher Education
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Kiel, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Germany, 1999
      (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institut für Anorganische Chemie)
Diplom (M.S.), Chemistry, University of Kiel, 1997
Vordiplom (B.S.), Chemistry, University of Kiel, 1994

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2011
Research Fellowship, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany, 2000–2002
Federal State Graduate Scholarship, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 1997–1999
Member, American Chemical Society
Member, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)



Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry for Small-Molecule Activation, Catalysis and Greener Chemistry
The Rohde group carries out fundamental research on the synthesis and chemistry of reactive transition metal complexes that is needed to design new synthetic and catalytic methods that utilize abundant and environmentally benign resources. Implementation of such methods in laboratory syntheses offers both environmental and economic advantages and may lead to the development of more sustainable industrial processes. Our interests in multi-electron redox transformations also intersect with chemistry relevant to biological processes and energy conversion. Combining synthesis, structural analysis and mechanistic studies, the research in our group is multifaceted and offers students broad experience and training.

Research Keywords
Inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, chemical synthesis, catalysis, green chemistry.

Research Interests
Activation of small and inert molecules for the use in chemical synthesis and catalysis; synthesis of reactive transition metal complexes; elucidation of molecular and electronic structure; organometallic O2 reactivity; inorganic reaction mechanisms.

Ongoing Research Topics
1. Activation of O2 and S8 by metal–alkene complexes
2. Synthesis and reactivity of high-oxidation-state complexes
3. Synthesis and reactivity of complexes of redox-active ligands
4. Interactions of metal–oxygen complexes with reactive nitrogen and reactive oxygen species (RNS and ROS)


Selected Publications

"Formation and reactivity of an (alkene)peroxoiridium(III) intermediate supported by an amidinato ligand", M. R. Kelley, J.-U. Rohde, Dalton Trans. 2014, 43, 527–537. [link]

"Guanidinato Complexes of Iridium: Ligand-Donor Strength, O2 Reactivity, and (Alkene)peroxoiridium(III) Intermediates", M. R. Kelley, J.-U. Rohde, Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 2564–2580. [link]

"The Reaction of a High-Valent Nonheme Oxoiron(IV) Intermediate with Hydrogen Peroxide", J. J. Braymer, K. P. O'Neill, J.-U. Rohde, M. H. Lim, Angew. Chem. 2012, 124, 5472–5476 [link]; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 5376–5380. [link]

"Evidence for a reactive (alkene)peroxoiridium(III) intermediate in the oxidation of an alkene complex with O2", M. R. Kelley, J.-U. Rohde, Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 2876–2878. [link]

"Reaction of an Oxoiron(IV) Complex with Nitrogen Monoxide: Oxygen Atom or Oxide(•1–) Ion Transfer?", T. M. Owen, J.-U. Rohde, Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 5283–5289. [link]

"Reaction of a Redox-Active Ligand Complex of Nickel with Dioxygen Probes Ligand-Radical Character", T. D. Manuel, J.-U. Rohde, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 15582–15583. [link]

"Stabilization of Iridium(IV) by Monoanionic Dialkyldiarylguanidinato Ligands", J.-U. Rohde, W.-T. Lee, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 9162–9163. [link]


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