ZB-12 Metal Complex Catalysis

Head of the Group: Prof. Anna M. Trzeciak

M.Sc. 1977, Ph.D. 1981, D.Sc. 1991, Prof. 2000


Ø   Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry UWr 1999–2005 (PhD studies and international relations) and since 2005 (Research and international relations).

Ø   Coordinator of Socrates programme at the Faculty of Chemistry UWr.

Ø   Member of International Advisory Board of International Symposium of Homogeneous Catalysis (since 1999).

Ø   Member of International Editorial Board of Dalton Transactions (since 2002).

Ø   Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (since 2005).


Research staff:

Ø   Prof. Keller Antoni

Ø   Dr. Rybak Witold. D.Sc.

Ø   Dr. Gniewek Andrzej

Ø   Dr. Mieczyńska Ewa

Ø   Dr. Skarżyńska Anna

Ø   Dr. Sobczak Jarosław

Ø   Hojniak Marek, M. Sc.

Ø   Błaszczyk Izabela, M. Sc.

Ø   Borkowski Tomasz, M. Sc.

Ø   Szulmanowicz Michał, M. Sc.



Research topice:


Ø   Metal complex catalysis of organic reactions: structure–catalytic activity correlations.

Ø   Synthesis and structural studies of catalytically active complexes important for understanding of the elementary steps of catalytic reactions.

Ø   Practical application of transition metal complexes as homogeneous or heterogeneous (heterogenized) catalysts to industrially important reactions.

Ø   Molybdenum, vanadium and cobalt chemistry and catalysis: oxidation, epoxidation and dehydrogenation reactions of hydrocarbons.

Ø   Rhodium organometallic chemistry, hydroformylation, hydrogenation, isomerization and polymerization  of unsaturated compounds.

Ø   Palladium chemistry – carbonylation, Heck, Suzuki, Sonogashira and related reactions.

Ø   Rhodium chemistry related to the small molecules activation (O2, CO, H2, CO2) in aqueous and nonaqueous solutions.

Ø   Rhenium chemistry, asymmetric synthesis, chirally autocatalytic reactions.

Ø   Metal complex catalysis in environmentally friendly media (water, ionic liquids).

Ø   Industrial inorganic chemistry related to the hydrometallurgy of copper.



Special equipment:


Ø   Gas chromatograph with mass detector HP 5971A and infrared detector HP5965B, Hewlett Packard (operator, Hojniak Marek, M.Sc.).

Ø   Diode array spectrophotometer 8452A, Hewlett Packard.

Ø   FT-IR Impact 400, Nicolet.



Recent research achievements:






Discovery of fundamental for Heck and methoxycarbonylation reactions processes of aryl halides activation by Pd(0) colloid at the presence of ammonium salt, leading to the formation of soluble Pd(II) complexes [8].

Chiral autocatalysis bears the asymmetric transformation a greatly desirable method for the preparation of enantiomorphic new materials like catalysts, pharmaceuticals, non-linear optical devices.



Selected papers:


1.       Pryjomska I., BartoszBechowski H., Ciunik Z., Trzeciak A.M., Ziółkowski J.J.
Chemistry of palladium phosphite (PPh2(OR)) and phosphonite (P(OPh)2(OH)) complexes: catalytic activity in methoxycarbonylation and Heck coupling reactions.
Dalton Trans., 2006, 1, 213

2.       Zawartka W., Trzeciak A.M., Ziółkowski J.J., Lis T., Ciunik, Z. Pernak J.
Methoxycarbonylation of iodobenzene in ionic liquids.
A case of inhibiting effect of imidazolium halides
Adv. Synth. Catal., 2006, 348, 1689

3.       Figiel P.J., Sobczak J.M.
Aerobic oxidation of alcohols and alkylaromatics with dioxygen catalysed by N-hydroxyphtalimide with vanadium co-catalysts.

New J. Chem., 2007, 31, 1668

4.       Trzeciak A.M., Ziółkowski J.J.
Monomolecular, nanosized and heterogenized palladium catalysts for Heck reaction

Coord. Chem. Rev., 2007, 251,1281

5.       Gil W., Trzeciak A.M., Ziółkowski J.J.

Rhodium(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes as highly selective catalysts for 1-hexene hydroformylation.

Organomet., 2008, 27, 4131

6.       Gniewek A., Ziółkowski J.J., Trzeciak A.M., Zawadzki M., Grabowska H., Wrzyszcz J.

Palladium nanoparticles supported on alumina – based oxides as heterogeneous catalysts of the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction

J. Catal., 2008, 254, 121

7.       Trzeciak A.M., Mieczyńska E., Ziółkowski J.J., Bukowski W., Bukowska A., Noworól J., Okal J.

Palladium(0) nanoparticles encapsulated in diamine-modified glycidyl methacrylate polymer (GMA-CHDA) applied as catalyst of Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction.

New J. Chem., 2008, 32, 1124

8.       Zawartka W., Gniewek A., Trzeciak A.M., Ziółkowski J.J., Pernak J.

PdII square planar complexes of the type [IL]2[PdX4] as catalyst precursors for the Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction. The first in situ ESI-MS evidence of [(IL)xPd3] clusters formation.

J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem., 2009, 304, 8

9.       Skarżyńska A., Siczek M.

Water-controlled reactions selectivity of the ReOCl3(OPPh3)(Sme2) synthon with a hydrophosphorane ligand

Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2009, 362, 5245

10.   Borkowski T., Trzeciak A.M., Bukowski W., Bukowska A., Tylus W., Kępiński L.

Palladium(0) nanoparticles formed in situ in the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction: the effect of a palladium(II) precursor.

Appl. Catal. A: General., 2010, 378, 83