Sven Schneider

Abstract von Prof. Dr. Sven Schneider, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

The Fixation with Fixation: Chemical Transformations of Dinitrogen

The fixation of dinitrogen to ammonia provides the nitrogen feedstock for the nutrition of about half of earth’s population and for the production of basically all synthetic N-containing chemicals. The Haber-Bosch process that operates at about 200 Mio tons p.a. is highly energy intensive, consuming about 1–2 % of the global energy demand. For these reasons, N2 fixation at ambient conditions, which is accomplished in nature by the nitrogenase enzymes, is a highly attractive, yet still challenging task for homogeneous catalysis.

In recent years, our group examined elementary reactions relevant to such N2-fixation strategies, such as nitride hydrogenolysis and coupling,[1,2] thermal and electrochemical N2 splitting into molecular nitrides,[3] or the direct conversion of N2 to organic molecules (Figure),[4] using transition metal pincer complexes. In this context, mechanistic aspects of key reactions and electronic structure/reactivity relationships for pivotal intermediates will be discussed.

[1] (a) B. Askevold, J. T. Nieto, S. Tussupbayev, M. Diefenbach, E. Herdtweck, M. C. Holthausen, S. Schneider, Nature Chem. 2011, 3, 532. (b) F. S. Schendzielorz, M. Finger, C. Volkmann, C. Würtele, S. Schneider, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 11417.
[2] (a) M. G. Scheibel, B. Askevold, E. Reijerse, F. Heinemann, B. de Bruin, S. Schneider, Nature Chem. 2012, 4, 552. (b) M. G. Scheibel, Y. Wu, A. C. Stückl, L. Krause, E. Carl, D. Stalke, B. de Bruin, S. Schneider, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 17719.
[3] (a) I. Klopsch, M. Finger, C. Würtele, B. Milde, D. B. Werz, S. Schneider, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 6881. (b) G. A. Silantyev, M. Förster, B. Schluschaß, J. Abbenseth, C. Würtele, C. Volkmann, M. C. Holthausen, S. Schneider, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 5872. (c) B. M. Lindley, R. S. van Alten, M. Finger, F. Schendzielorz, C. Würtele, A. J. M. Miller, I. Siewert, S. Schneider J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 7922.
[4] I. Klopsch, M. Kinauer, M. Finger, C. Würtele, S. Schneider, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 4786.

Curriculum Vitae von Prof. Dr. Sven Schneider

Ausbildung und Qualifikation

  • seit 2012 W3-Professur, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2010 - 2012 W2-Professur, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Nürnberg/Erlangen
  • 2006 - 2010 Habilitation, TU München, Prof W A Herrmann
  • 2003 - 2006 Postdoc, Northwestern University, USA, Prof T J Marks
  • 1999 - 2003 Dissertation, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Prof A C Filippou
  • 1999 Diplomarbeit (M.Sc.), TU Darmstadt, Prof H-F Klein
  • 1995 - 1996 Chemiestudium, University of Bristol, UK
  • 1993 - 1998 Chemiestudium, Technische Universität Darmstadt


  • 2015 ERC Consolidator Grant
  • 2010 Akademiepreis für Chemie der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
  • 2009 Förderpreis der Otto-Röhm-Gedächtnis-Stiftung
  • 2006 Emmy-Noether-Programm (DFG)
  • 2006 Liebig-Stipendium (FCI)
  • 2004 Emmy-Noether-Postdoc-Stipendendium (DFG)
  • 2003 Fischer-Nernst-Preis (Humboldt Universität)
  • 1999 Dr.-Anton-Keller-Preis (TU Darmstadt)

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