Kathrin H. Hopmann

NordCO2 Principal Investigator

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My research activity is focused on elucidating the detailed nature of chemical reactions. During my undergraduate studies (1999-2004, Aarhus University in Denmark and Karolinska Inst. in Sweden), I worked several years in the laboratory, investigating enzymatic reactions. During my Ph.D. studies (2004-08, KTH in Sweden), I shifted towards computational chemistry, focusing on modelling of enzymatic catalysis. In my post doc studies (2008-11, UiT Norway) and my subsequent researcher position, I have increasingly focused on chirality and enantioselective catalysis. Since 2014, I am leading my own research group, which is applying both experimental organic chemistry and theoretical quantum chemistry tools in the investigation and development of selective organometallic catalysts. Current research projects involve c studies of transition-metal catalyzed processes, including conversion of CO2 to higher value products (see also CHOCO, NordCO2, CO2PERATE, iCCU).


Publications by K. H. Hopmann within NordCO2 are listed below.
For a complete publication list by K. H. Hopmann, see her CRIStin page.

Mannisto, J. K., Pavlovic, L., Tiainen, T., Nieger, M., Sahari, A., Hopmann, K. H., & Repo, T. (2021). Mechanistic insights into carbamate formation from CO2 and amines: the role of guanidine–CO2 adducts. Catalysis Science & Technology. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1CY01433A
Vaitla, J., Guttormsen, Y., Mannisto, J. K., Nova, A., Repo, T., Bayer, A., & Hopmann, K. H. (2017). Enantioselective Incorporation of CO2: Status and Potential. ACS Catalysis, 7(10), 7231–7244. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.7b02306
Obst, M., Pavlovic, L., & Hopmann, K. H. (2018). Carbon-carbon bonds with CO2: Insights from computational studies. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 864, 115–127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2018.02.020
Pavlovic, L., Vaitla, J., Bayer, A., & Hopmann, K. H. (2018). Rhodium-Catalyzed Hydrocarboxylation: Mechanistic Analysis Reveals Unusual Transition State for Carbon–Carbon Bond Formation. Organometallics, 37(6), 941–948. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00899
Vaitla, J., Bayer, A., & Hopmann, K. H. (2018). Iron-Catalyzed Carbenoid-Transfer Reactions of Vinyl Sulfoxonium Ylides: An Experimental and Computational Study. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 57(49), 16180–16184. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201810451
Vaitla, J., Bayer, A., & Hopmann, K. H. (2019). Vinyl Sulfoxonium Ylide: A New Vinyl Carbenoid Transfer Reagent for the Synthesis of Heterocycles. Synlett, 30(12), 1377–1383. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0037-1611771
Gevorgyan, A., Obst, M. F., Guttormsen, Y., Maseras, F., Hopmann, K. H., & Bayer, A. (2019). Caesium fluoride-mediated hydrocarboxylation of alkenes and allenes: scope and mechanistic insights. Chemical Science, 10(43), 10072–10078. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9SC02467K
Obst, M. F., Gevorgyan, A., Bayer, A., & Hopmann, K. H. (2020). Mechanistic Insights into Copper-Catalyzed Carboxylations. Organometallics, 39(9), 1545–1552. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00710
Gevorgyan, A., Hopmann, K. H., & Bayer, A. (2020). Exploration of New Biomass-Derived Solvents: Application to Carboxylation Reactions. ChemSusChem, 13(8), 2080–2088. https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201903224
Gevorgyan, A., Hopmann, K. H., & Bayer, A. (2020). Formal C−H Carboxylation of Unactivated Arenes. Chemistry – A European Journal, 26(27), 6064–6069. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202000515
Somerville, R. J., Odena, C., Obst, M. F., Hazari, N., Hopmann, K. H., & Martin, R. (2020). Ni(I)–Alkyl Complexes Bearing Phenanthroline Ligands: Experimental Evidence for CO2 Insertion at Ni(I) Centers. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142(25), 10936–10941. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.0c04695
García-López, D., Pavlovic, L., & Hopmann, K. H. (2020). To Bind or Not to Bind: Mechanistic Insights into C–CO2 Bond Formation with Late Transition Metals. Organometallics, 39(8), 1339–1347. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.0c00090
Pavlovic, L., Pettersen, M., Gevorgyan, A., Vaitla, J., Bayer, A., & Hopmann, K. H. (2021). Computational and Experimental Insights into Asymmetric Rh-Catalyzed Hydrocarboxylation with CO2. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2021(4), 663–670. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejoc.202001469