M. Sc. Max Schütz

Joined the Team in December 2017

Graduated at Technical University Munich (TUM) under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Fritz E. Kühn in 2017.

Room No: 4037
Telephone number: 089 289 54131
E-mail: max.schuetz[at]tum.de

Reseach Topic: Synthesis and reactivity of intermetalloid transition metal/ group 13 clusters

Intermetallic cluster molecules of the combination TM (transition metal) / E (Zn, Al, Ga) present a fascinating and almost undiscovered class of compounds and can be regarded as molecular models for the corresponding solid state alloys such as brass. However, up to now, synthesis remains intricate and sophisticated including separation, purification and crystallization issues, as well as unknown mechanisms of cluster formation. The aim of this PhD thesis is to shed a light in the darkness of our reaction cocktails using advanced mass-spectrometric techniques. Reaction parameters can be adjusted more easily to achieve crystallization of exemplary intermediates and clusters. Further, the natural “phase width “ of alloys - representing itself in a variety of clusters in solution - can be analyzed. Reactivity patterns of clusters and cluster libraries towards small molecules and organic functionalities is investigated. A second topic includes installation of a cocondensation apparatus to access highly reactive organometallic starting materials.

Selected Publications

N. Bélanger-Desmarais, M. Schütz, C. Reber J. Phys. Chem. A, 2019, 123, 5574-5579 (Remarkably Intricate Raman Spectra of Platinum(II)-Ligand Skeletal Modes in Diamminedihalido Complexes).

E. B. Bauer, M. A. Bernd, M. Schütz, J. Oberkofler, A. Pöthig, R. M. Reich, F. E. Kühn, Dalton Transactions, 2019 (Synthesis, characterization, and biological studies of multidentate gold(i) and gold(iii) NHC complexes).