Dr. Uwe Schneider's group research interests are focused on
the development of sustainable organic synthesis including:
exploitation of main group metals and non-metals in their unusual
low-oxidation/valence states for base, acid, dual, ambiphilic, FLP,
and/or transition metal-like redox catalysis; challenging C–H bond
activation using metal–base and/or base catalysis; catalytic strongbond activation in small molecules.
His laboratory has focused on the invention of novel catalysts
and/or reactions. He reported the first catalytic use of elemental gallium in organic synthesis, and allylic C(sp3)–H bond activation triggered by a sodium amide. In this lecture, Dr. Uwe Schneider will disclose as well the challenging C–H bond activation of
unprotected indoles and alkyl nitriles by copper(I) and carbon(0)
catalyst systems, respectively.