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U. Chakraborty, A.-K. Wiegel, R. Wolf, "Cyclopentadienyl and Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl naphthalene ferrates", Inorganic Syntheses, Volume 37, in press

P. Büschelberger, C. Rödl, R. Wolf, "Bis(1.2-dimethoxyethane)potassium bis(1,2,3,4-η4-anthracene)cobaltate [K(dme)2[Co(η4-C14H10)2)", Inorganic Syntheses, Volume 37, in press

P. Büschelberger, E. Reyes-Rodriguez, C. Schöttle, J. Treptow, C. Feldmann, A. Jacobi von Wangelin, R. Wolf, "Cobalt(0) Nanoparticle Catalysts for Hydrogenations", submitted

P. Coburger, S. Demehsko, C. Rödl, E. Hey-Hawkins, R. Wolf, "Oxidative P-P Bond Addition to Cobalt(-I): Formation of a Low-Spin Cobalt(III) Phosphanido Complex" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed accepted for publication

U. Chakraborty, S. Demeshko, F. Meyer, C. Rebreyend, B. de Bruin, M. Atanasov, F. Neese, B. Mühldorf, R. Wolf, "Electronic Structure and Magnetic Anisotropy of an Unsaturated Cyclopentadienyliron(I) Complex with 15 Valence Electrons", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 7995-7999Angew. Chem. 2017, 129, 8107-8111.

P. Büschelberger, D. Gärtner, E. Reyes-Rodriguez, F. Kreyenschmidt, K. Koszinowski, A. Jacobi von Wangelin, R. Wolf "Alkene Metalates as Hydrogenation Catalysts", Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 35, 3641-3646.

B. Mühldorf, R. Wolf "Visible-Light-Driven Aerobic Photooxidation of Aldehydes to Methyl Esters Catalyzed by Riboflavin Tetraacetate", ChemCatChem 2017, 9, 920-923.

S. Pelties, T. Maier, D. Herrmann, B. de Bruin, C. Rebreyend, S. Gärtner, I. G. Shenderovich, R. Wolf, "Selective P4-Activation by a Highly-Reduced Cobaltate: Synthesis of Dicobalt Tetraphosphido Complexes", Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 6094-6102.


D. Paul, B. Beiring, M. Plois, N. Ortega, S. Kock, D. Schlüns, J. Neugebauer, R. Wolf, F. Glorius "A Cyclometalated Ruthenium-NHC Precatalyst for the Asymmetric Hydrogenation of (Hetero)arenes and its Activation Pathway", Organometallics 2016, 35, 3641-3646.

S. Pelties, E. Carter, A. Folli, M. F. Mahon, D. M. Murphy, M. K. Whittlesey, R. Wolf, "The Influence of Ring Expanded N-Heterocyclic Carbenes on the Structures of Half-Sandwich Ni(I) Complexes: An X-Ray, EPR, and ENDOR Study" Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 11006-11017.

S. Pelties, R. Wolf, "Reaction of Phenyl Iso(thio)cyanate with N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Supported-Nickel Complexes: Formation of Nickelacycles", Organometallics 2016, 35, 2722-2727.

U. Chakraborty, F. Urban, B. Mühldorf, C. Rebreyend, B. de Bruin, N. van Velzen, S. Harder, R. Wolf, "Accessing the CpArNi(I) Synthon: Reactions with N-Heterocyclic Carbenes, TEMPO, Sulfur, and Selenium", Organometallics 2016, 35, 1624-1631.

C. Hoidn, R. Wolf, "Reaction of a 2,4,6-triphenylphosphinine ferrate anion with electrophiles: A new route to phosphacyclohexadienyl complexes", Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 8875-8884.

S. Pelties, A. Ehlers, R. Wolf, "Insertion of Phenyl Isothiocyanate into a P-P Bond of a Nickel-substituted Bicyclo[1.1.0]tetraphosphabutane", Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 6601-6604.

T. Hering, B. Mühldorf, R. Wolf, B, König, "Halogenase-Inspired Oxidative Chlorination Using Flavin Photocatalysis",  Angew. Chem. 2016, 128, 5428-5431; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 5342-5345.

B. Mühldorf, R. Wolf, "C-H Photooxygenation of Alkyl Benzenes Catalyzed by Riboflavin Tetraacetate and a Non-Heme Iron Catalyst", Angew. Chem. 2016, 128, 437-441Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 427-430.

U. Chakraborty, M. Modl, B. Mühldorf, M. Bodensteiner, S. Demeshko, N. J. C. van Elzen, M. Scheer, S. Harder, R. Wolf, "Pentaarylcyclopentadienyl Iron, Cobalt and Nickel Halides", Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 3065-3074.

U. Chakraborty, B. Mühldorf, N. J. C. van Elzen, B. de Bruin, S. Harder, R. Wolf, "[CpArNi{Ga(nacnac)}]: An Open-Shell Nickel(I) Complex Supported by a Gallium(I) Carbenoid (CpAr = C5(C6H4-4-Et)5), nacnac = HC[C(Me)N-(C6H3)-2,6-iPr2]2)", Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 3075-3078.

C. Rödl, R. Wolf, "Cobalt(I) and Nickel(II) Complexes of Bis(1,3-diphosphacyclobutadiene) Sandwich Anions", Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 736-742 (special issue on low-coordinate phosphorus compounds; Widmungsarbeit für Prof. M. Scheer).


A.-K. Wiegel, B. Rezaei Rad, D. Herrmann, R. Wolf, "Synthesis and Characterization of Tetra(pyridyl)cyclobutadiene Iron Complexe [Cp*Fe(C4py4)]- (py = 3-pyridyl and 4-pyridyl, Cp* = C5Me5)",  Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2015, 641, 2065-2070. (Widmungsarbeit für Prof. F. E. Hahn).

B. Mühldorf, R. Wolf, "Photocatalytic benzylic C-H bond oxidation with a flavin scandium complex", Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 8425-8428.

B. Rezaei Rad, U. Chakraborty, B. Mühldorf, J. A. W. Sklorz, M. Bodensteiner, C. Müller, R. Wolf, "Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl 2,4,6-Triphenylphosphinine Iron Complexes", Organometallics 2015, 34, 622-635.

T. N. Gieshoff, M. Villa, A. Welther, M. Plois, U. Chakraborty, R. Wolf, A. Jacobi von Wangelin, "Iron-catalyzed olefin hydrogenation at 1 bar H2 with a FeCl3-LiAlH4 catalyst", Green Chem. 2015, 17, 1408-1413.


T. van Dijk, D. W. Zant, R. Wolf, K. Lammertsma, J. C. Slootweg, "Crystal structure of tert-butyl-N-phenylcarbonitrilium tetrachloridoaluminate", Acta Cryst. 2014, E70, 331-333.

C. Medcraft, R. Wolf, M. Schnell, "Hochaufgelöste spektroskopische Untersuchungen des chiralen Metallkomplexes CpReCH3(CO)(NO) - ein möglicher Kandidat für die Untersuchung der Paritätsverletzung", Angew. Chem., 2014, 126, 11841-11845; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 11656-11659.

S. Pelties, D. Herrmann, B. de Bruin, F. Hartl, R. Wolf, "Selective P4 Activation by an organometallic nickel(I) radical: Formation of a dinuclear nickel(II) tetraphosphide and related di- and trichalcogenides", Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 7014-7016.

D. Gärtner, A. Welther, B. Rezaei Rad, R. Wolf, A. Jacobi von Wangelin, "Heteroatom-Free Cobalt and Iron Catalysts for Hydrogenations", Angew. Chem. 2014, 126, 3796-3800Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 3722-3726.

J. Malberg, M. Bodensteiner, D. Paul, T. Wiegand, H. Eckert, R. Wolf, "Darstellung eines metallorganischen molekularen Quadrats durch 'Self-Assembly' von phosphorhaltigen Baueinheiten", Angew. Chem. 2014, 126, 2812-2816; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 2771-2775.

B. Rezaei Rad, D. Herrmann, C. Lescop, R. Wolf, "A tetradentate metalloligand: Synthesis and coordination behaviour of a 2-pyridyl-substituted cyclobutadiene iron complex", Dalton Trans. 2014, 43, 4247-4250 (special issue: "New Talent: Europe").

J. Malberg, T. Wiegand, H. Eckert, M. Bodensteiner, R. Wolf, "Copper(I) and Silver(I) Complexes of 1,3-Diphosphacyclobutadiene Sandwich Anions: Synthesis, Crystal Structures, Solution and Solid-State NMR Characterization", Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014, 1638-1651 (cluster issue: "Advances in Phosphorus Chemistry").

A. Chirila, R. Wolf, J. C. Slootweg, K. Lammertsma, "Main Group and Transition Metal-Mediated Phosphaalkyne Oligomerizations" Coord. Chem. Rev. 2014, 270-271, 57-74 (special issue: "Organometallic Chemistry").


S. Pelties, R. Wolf, "Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Iron(II), Cobalt(II), and Nickel(II) Complexes of a Cyclic (Alkyl)(Amino)carbene", Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2013, 639, 2581-2585. (Widmungsarbeit für Prof. W. Uhl).

J. Malberg, E. Lupton, E.-M. Schnöckelborg, B. de Bruin, J. Sutter, K. Meyer, F. Hartl, R. Wolf, "Synthesis and Electronic Structure of Dissymmetrical, Naphthalene-Bridged Sandwich Complexes [Cp'Fe(µ-C10H8)MCp*]x (x = 0, +1; M = Fe, Ru; Cp' = C5H2-1,2,4-tBu3; Cp* = C5Me5)", Organometallics, 2013, 32, 6040-6052. (special issue: "Ferrocene - Beauty and Function").

T. Wiegand, H. Eckert, S. Grimme, J. Malberg, R. Wolf, "Solid state NMR studies and chemical shift calculations of a gold(I) complex with a diphosphacyclobutadiene cobaltate sandwich anion", Solid State Nucl. Magn. Reson. 2013, 53, 13-19.

F. D. Henne, E.-M. Schnöckelborg, K.-O. Feldmann, J. Grunenberg, R. Wolf, J. J. Weigand, "Observation of a Chloride-Bridged P-P Bond in the Phosphorus Cation [L(Cl)P(µ-Cl)P(Cl)L]+ (L = NHC)", Organometallics, 2013, 32, 6674-6680 (special issue: "Applications of Electrophilic Main Group Organometallic Molecules").

M. Plois, R. Wolf, W. Hujo, S. Grimme, “Towards Novel Reagents for Bimetallic Activation Reactions: Polyhydride Complexes with Ru2H3, Ru2ZnH6 and Cu2Ru2H6 Cores”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 17, 3039-3048.

R. C. Fischer, J. J. Weigand, R. Wolf, G. Clever, P. Kurz, „Trendbericht Anorganische Chemie 2012“, Nachr. Chem. 2013, 61, 219–251.

S. Gülak, O. Stepanek, J. Malberg, B. Rezaei Rad, M. Kotora, R. Wolf, A. Jacobi von Wangelin, “Highly Chemoselective Cobalt-Catalyzed Biaryl Coupling Reactions”, Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 776-784.

J. Malberg, T. Wiegand, H. Eckert, M. Bodensteiner, R. Wolf, „Gold(I) and Silver(I) Complexes of Diphosphacyclobutadiene Cobaltate Sandwich Anions“, Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 2356–2369.

M. Plois, W. Hujo, S. Grimme, C. Schwickert, E. Bill, B. de Bruin, R. Pöttgen, R. Wolf, „Open-Shell First-Row Transition Metal Polyhydride Complexes Based on the fac-[RuH3(PR3)3]- Building Block“, Angew. Chem. 2013, 125, 1352-1357; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 1314-1318.


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M. Plois, T. Wiegand, R. Wolf, „Novel Ruthenium(II) Aluminate Anions: Building Blocks of Unique Cage Structures“, Organometallics 2012, 31, 8469–8477 . (Titelbild)

R. C. Fischer, J. J. Weigand, R. Wolf, G. Clever, U. Schatzschneider, „Trendbericht Anorganische Chemie 2011“, Nachr. Chem. 2012, 60, 216–250.

E.-M. Schnöckelborg, M. M. Khusniyarov, B. de Bruin, F. Hartl, T. Langer, M. Eul, S. Schulz, R. Pöttgen, R. Wolf, „Unraveling the Electronic Structures of Low-valent Naphthalene and Anthracene Iron Complexes - X-ray, Spectroscopic and DFT Studies”, Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 6719–6730.

E.-M. Schnöckelborg, F. Hartl, T. Langer, R. Pöttgen, R. Wolf, „Redox-Active, Dinuclear Sandwich Compounds [Cp*Fe(L)FeCp*] (L = Naphthalene and Anthracene)”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2012, 1632–1638.


K. Weber, E.-M. Schnöckelborg, R. Wolf "Catalytic Properties of Low-Oxidation State Iron Complexes in Cross Coupling Reactions: Anthracene Iron(-I) Complexes as Competent Catalysts", ChemCatChem 2011, 3, 1572-1577.

E.-M. Schnöckelborg, J. J. Weigand, R. Wolf, „Synthesis of Anionic Iron Polyphosphides by Reaction of White Phosphorus with “Cp*Fe-”, Angew. Chem. 2011, 123, 6786–6780; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 6657–6660.

R. C. Fischer, J. J. Weigand, R. Wolf, S. Rau, U. Schatzschneider, „Trendbericht Anorganische Chemie 2010“, Nachr. Chem. 2011, 59, 221–245.



R. Wolf, A. W. Ehlers, M. M. Khusniyarov, F. Hartl, B. de Bruin, G. J. Long, F. Grandjean, F. M. Schappacher, R. Pöttgen, J. C. Slootweg,  M. Lutz, A. L. Spek, K. Lammertsma, “Homoleptic Diphosphacyclobutadiene Complexes [M(eta4-P2C2R2)2]x– (M = Fe, Co; x = 0, 1)”, Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 14322–14334.

R. Wolf, M. Plois, “Triple Alkyl C–H Bond Activation Mediated by Ruthenium(II): Preparation of Isopropenyl-Substituted Carbene Complexes”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2010, 4419–4442.

R. Wolf, E.-M. Schnöckelborg, “A reactive iron napthalene complex provides convenient access to the Cp*Fe- synthon (Cp* = C5Me5)”, Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 2832–2834.

R. Wolf, M. Plois, A. Hepp, “Neutral and Cationic Tetrakiscarbene Ruthenium Hydride Complexes”. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2010, 918–925.

R. Wolf, N. Ghavtadze, K. Weber, E.-M. Schnöckelborg, B. de Bruin, A. W. Ehlers, K. Lammertsma, „P–C dichotomy: divergent iron(-I)-mediated alkyne and phosphaalkyne cycloligomerisations”, Dalton Trans. 2010, 39, 1453–1456.



R. Wolf, W. Uhl, „Main-Group-Metal Clusters Stabilized by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes“, Angew. Chem. 2009, 121, 6905–6907; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 6774–6776 (Highlight).

R. Wolf, J. C. Slootweg, A. W. Ehlers, F. Hartl, B. de Bruin, M. Lutz, A. L. Spek, K. Lammertsma, „A Phosphorus Analogue of Bis(?4-cyclobutadiene)iron(0)“, Angew. Chem. 2009, 121, 3150–3152; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 3104–3107 (Titelbild).



R. Wolf, A. W. Ehlers, J. C. Slootweg, M. Lutz, D. Gudat, M. Hunger, A. L. Spek, K. Lammertsma, „The Homoleptic Sandwich Anion [Co(P2C2tBu2)2]: A Versatile Building Block for Phosphaorganometallic Chemistry”, Angew. Chem. 2008, 120, 4660–4663; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 4584–4587.

S. Gómez-Ruiz, R. Wolf, S. Bauer, H. Bittig, A. Schisler, P. Lönnecke, E. Hey-Hawkins, „The cyclo-(P5tBu4) Anion and its Reactivity. Novel Monomeric and Oligomeric Copper(I), Silver(I) and Gold(I) Complexes”, Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14, 4511–4520.

R. Wolf, J. Fischer, R. C. Fischer, J. Fettinger, P. P. Power, „Reactions of Terphenyl Bismuth Dihalides with KSi(SiMe3)3, K2Si2(SiMe3)4 and Na2[Fe(CO)]4: Reduction versus Metathesis”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 2515–2521 (cover page, highlighted in: J. Beckmann, R. Pietschnig, S. Rau, C. Schulzke „Trendbericht Anorganische Chemie 2008”, Nachr. Chem. 2009, 57, 221).

S. Gómez-Ruiz, R. Wolf, E. Hey-Hawkins, „Different Transmetallation Behaviour of [M(P4HR4)] Salts toward Rhodium(I) and Copper(I) (M = Na, K; R = Ph, Mes; Mes = 2,4,6-Me3C6H2)”, Dalton Trans. 2008, 1982–1988 (cover page).



E. Rivard, R. C. Fischer, R. Wolf, Y. Peng, W. A. Merrill, N. D. Schley, Z. Zhu, L. Pu, J. C. Fettinger, S. J. Teat, I. Nowik, R. H. Herber, N. Takagi, S. Nagase, P. P. Power, „Influence of Steric and Electronic Factors on the Stability of Isomers of Divalent Tin(II)”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 16197-16208.

R. Wolf, C. Ni, M. Brynda, G. J. Long, A. D. Sutton, R. C. Fischer, L. Pu, J. C. Fettinger, P. P. Power, „Substituent Effects in Formally Quintuple Bonded ArCrCrAr Compounds (Ar = Terphenyl) and Related Species”, Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 11277-11290.

Z. Zhu, M. Brynda, R. J. Wright, R. C. Fischer, W. A. Merrill, E. Rivard, R. Wolf, J. C. Fettinger, M. M. Olmstead, P. P. Power „Synthesis and Characterization of the Homologous M-M Bonded Series Ar'MMAr' (M = Zn, Cd, or Hg; Ar' = C6H3-2,6-(C6H3-2,6-Pri2)2) and Related Arylmetal Halides and Hydride Species”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 10847-10857.

R. Wolf, M. Brynda, C. Ni, G. J. Long, P. P. Power, „Monomeric, Two-Coordinate, Univalent Chromium(I) Compounds: Steric Prevention of Metal-Metal Bond Formation”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 6076-6077.

E. Rivard, W. A. Merrill, J. C. Fettinger, R. Wolf, G. H. Spikes, P. P. Power, „Boron-Pnictogen Multiple Bonds: Donor-Stabilized P=B and As=B Bonds and a Hindered Iminoborane with a B-N Triple Bond”, Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 2971-2978.



R. Wolf, S. Gómez-Ruiz, J. Reinhold, W. Böhlmann, E. Hey-Hawkins, „The (P4HMes4)- Anion: Lability, Fluxionality, and Structural Ambiguity (Mes = 2,4,6-Me3C6H2)”, Inorg. Chem. 2006, 45, 9107-9113.

R. Wolf, E. Hey-Hawkins, „Synthesis and Molecular Structure of [Cp*Ta(Ph)(P6Ph5)]: A Terminal Phosphinidene Complex of the (P6Ph5)3-Ligand (Cp* = C5Me5)”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2006, 1348-1351.

R. Wolf, E. Hey-Hawkins, „Oligophosphanid-Anionen: Synthesen und Molekülstrukturen von [K2(PMDETA)2(P4Ph4)], [K2(PMDETA)(P4tBu4)]2 und [K(PMDETA)(THF){cyclo-(P5tBu4)}] [PMDETA = NMe(CH2CH2NMe2)2]”, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2006, 632, 727-734.

R. Wolf, M. Finger, C. Limburg, A. C. Willis, S. B. Wild, E. Hey-Hawkins, „Reactivity of cyclooligophosphanes: synthesis and structural characterisation of cyclo-1,4-(BH3)2(P4Ph4CH2) and cyclo-1,2-(BH3)2(P5Ph5)”, Dalton Trans. 2006, 831-837.

R. J. Baker, C. Jones, D. P. Mills, D. M. Murphy, E. Hey-Hawkins, R. Wolf, „The reactivity of gallium-(I), -(II) and -(III) heterocycles towards Group 15 substrates: attempts to prepare gallium–terminal pnictinidene complexes”, Dalton Trans. 2006, 64-72.


1999 - 2005

R. Wolf, E. Hey-Hawkins, „Synthesis and Molecular Structure of the Cu4P8 Cage Compound [Cu4(P4Ph4)2(PCyp3)3] (Cyp = c-C5H9)”, Angew. Chem. 2005, 117, 6398-6401; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 6241-6244 (highlighted in: H. J. Himmel, A. Schulz „Trendbericht Anorganische Chemie 2005”, Nachr. Chem. 2006, 54, 220).

R. Wolf, E. Hey-Hawkins, „[Li(thf)3cyclo-(P4tBu4CH)] – Synthesis, molecular structure and dynamic behaviour”, Chem. Commun. 2004, 2626-2627.

R. Wolf, A. Schisler, P. Lönnecke, C. Jones, E. Hey-Hawkins, „Syntheses and Structures of Novel Alkali Metal Tetraorganocyclopentaphosphanides and Tetraorganotetraphosphane-1,4-diides“, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2004, 3277-3286 (highlighted in: H. J. Himmel, B. Hoge, T. Glaser, B. Kersting „Trendbericht Anorganische Chemie 2004”, Nachr. Chem. 2005, 53, 225).

A. Bashall, A. D. Bond, A. D. Hopkins, S. J. Kidd, M. McPartlin, A. Steiner, R. Wolf, A. D. Woods, D. S. Wright, „Synthesis, structures and coordination behaviour of [As(NR)3]3- trianions“, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans. 2002, 343–351.

A. D. Bond, A. D. Hopkins, A. Rothenberger, R. Wolf, A. D. Woods, D. S. Wright, „Methyl Group Transfer from ZnMe2 to Arsenic(III), an Alternative Pathway to Deprotonation of [CyNHAs(µ-NCy)]2”, Organometallics 2001, 20, 4454-4457.

L. Beyer, R. Richter, R. Wolf, J. Zaumseil, M. Lino-Pacheco, J. Angulo-Cornejo, „Synthesis and molecular structure of bis(2-benzoylimino-benzimidazolinato) copper(II)-dimethylformamide – a metal-containing guanidin derivative“, Inorganic Chemistry Communications 1999, 2, 184-187.

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