Andreas Saurwein, M.Sc.


Raum: 62403

Telefon: 089-289-13851

email: andreas.saurwein(at)

My Research Project:

Since the first observation of a monomeric low-valent silicon compound, represented by decamethylsilicocene Cp*2Si, a lot of attention has been drawn to the exploration of the chemistry of Si(II). The successful activations of small molecules like hydrogen, ethylene or CO2 show that silylenes are able to undergo an oxidative addition. This raises the question whether the corresponding reductive elimination is also feasible as it would complete a catalytic cycle. Therefore, my work focuses on the synthesis of novel silylenes and the investigation of their reactivity.

Key words: low-valent silicon, small molecule activation, advanced synthesis

Related Publications on the project:

  1. D. Wendel, W. Eisenreich, C. Jandl, A. Pöthig, B. Rieger, Organometallics 2016, 35 (1), 1–4.
    Cover page: "Reactivity of an Acyclic Silylsilylene toward Ethylene: Migratory Insertion into the Si–Si Bond“
  2. D. Wendel, A. Porzelt, F. A. D. Herz, D. Sarkar, C. Jandl, S. Inoue, B. Rieger, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017 , 139, 8134-8137.
    "From Si(II) to Si(IV) and Back: Reversible Intramolecular Carbon− Carbon Bond Activation by an Acyclic Iminosilylene“
  3. D. Wendel, D. Reiter, A. Porzelt, P. J. Altmann, S. Inoue, B. Rieger, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 17193–17198.
    "Silicon and Oxygen’s Bond of Affection: An Acyclic Three-Coordinate Silanone and Its Transformation to an Iminosiloxysilylene“
  4. D. Wendel, T. Szilvási, C. Jandl, S. Inoue, B. Rieger, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 9156–9159.
    "Twist of a Silicon–Silicon Double Bond: Selective Anti-Addition of Hydrogen to an Iminodisilene“
  5. D. Wendel, T. Szilvási, D. Henschel, P. J. Altmann, C. Jandl, S. Inoue, B. Rieger, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 14575 –14579.
    "Precise Activation of Ammonia and Carbon Dioxide by an Iminodisilene"
  6. Andreas Saurwein, Andreas Schaffer, Christina Wieser, Bernhard Rieger , RSC Adv. 2021, 11, 1586-1594
    "Synthesis, characterisation and functionalisation of BAB-type dual-responsive nanocarriers for targeted drug delivery: evolution of nanoparticles based on 2-vinylpyridine and diethyl vinylphosphonate"