Dr. Alexis Bordet - Multifunctional Catalytic Systems


EngineerUniversity of Toulouse/INP ENSIACET (2010-2013)
M. Sc.
University of Toulouse (2012-2013)
Ph.D.University of Toulouse/LPCNO (Dr. Bruno Chaudret), France (2013-2016)
Post-Doc RWTH Aachen University (Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner), Germany (2017-2018)
Group Leader 'Multifunctional Catalytic Systems', MPI CEC (seit 2018)

Full publications list | ORCID

Selected MPI CEC publications

  • Lin, S.-H., Hetaba, W., Chaudret, B., Leitner, W., Bordet, A. (2022). Copper-Decorated Iron Carbide Nanoparticles Heated by Magnetic Induction as Adaptive Multifunctional Catalysts for the Selective Hydrodeoxygenation of Aldehydes. Advanced Energy Materials, 2201783. https://doi:10.1002/aenm.202201783.
  • Goclik, L., Walschus, H., Bordet, A., Leitner, W. (2022). Selective Hydrodeoxygenation of Acetophenone Derivatives using a Fe25Ru75@SILP Catalyst: a Practical Approach to the Synthesis of Alkyl Phenols and Anilines. Green Chemistry, (24), 2937-2945. https://doi:10.1039/d1gc04189d.
  • Kreissl, H., Jin, J., Lin, S.-H., Schütte, D., Störtte, S., Levin, N., Chaudret, B., Vorholt, A., Bordet, A. Leitner, W. (2021). Commercial Cu2Cr2O5 Decorated with Iron Carbide Nanoparticles as Multifunctional Catalyst for Magnetically Induced Continuous Flow Hydrogenation of Aromatic Ketones. Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 60, 26639-26646. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202107916
  • Bordet, A., El Sayed, S., Sanger, M., Boniface, K. J., Kalsi, D., Luska, K. L., Jessop, P.; Leitner,W. (2021).Selectivity Control in Hydrogenation through Adaptive Catalysis using Ruthenium Nanoparticles on a CO2-responsive Support. Nature chemistryhttps://doi:10.1038/s41557-021-00735-w
  • Moos, G., Emondts, M., Bordet, A., Leitner, W. (2020). Selective Hydrogenation and Hydrodeoxygenation of Aromatic Ketones to Cyclohexane Derivatives Using a Rh@SILP Catalyst Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59(29), 11977-11983. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201916385.
Group members


Dr. Natalia Levin Rojas
Yuyan Zhang

PhD students

Manisha Durai
Hooman Ghazi Zahedi
Souha Kacem
Sheng-Hsiang Lin
Peter Schlichter
Johannes Zenner (Guest)

Lab staff

Norbert Dickmann
Henrik Walschus
Julia Zerbe

Research in Multifunctional Catalytic Systems

In the “Multifunctional Catalytic Systems” group, we focus on the synthesis, characterization, and application in catalysis of metallic nanoparticles immobilized on molecularly modified surfaces (NPs@MMS, Figure 1). We are especially interested in combining molecular design (molecular modifier structure) and nanoparticle design to produce innovative catalytic systems providing control over the activation mode of dihydrogen (H2).

Molecular modifiers commonly used in our group include small organic molecules, ionic liquids, and polymers. Metal nanoparticles (e.g. Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Ru, Rh, and bimetallic) are synthesized through the decomposition of organometallic precursors directly in the MMS under mild conditions. This organometallic approach provides a fine control over the nanoparticles size, dispersion, and in the case of bimetallic nanoparticles, composition. In addition, this insures a close contact between the metal NPs and the molecular modifiers, leading to high NPs stability and strong synergistic effects.

The resulting NPs@MMS systems are fully tunable, and a rational choice of the individual parameters (nature of the metal nanoparticles, molecular modifier and its functionality, support) allows producing multifunctional catalytic systems with tailor-made reactivity. Selective hydrogenation and hydrodeoxygenation reactions are specifically targeted, with applications including fine chemical synthesis, biomass conversion and CO2 valorization.

Besides purely chemical functions, we are also interested in the development of multifunctional catalysts combining chemical and physical functionalities (e.g. magnetic properties), with the idea to go towards switchable and adaptive catalytic systems.