The reaction of hydroformylation is known since 1938 and one of the most important large scale industrial processes based on a reaction catalysed by transition metals. The mechanism nevertheless, which characterises the reaction is not yet fully understood.
The location of this area of research is the LIKAT. At this site we can make use of an in situ high pressure spectrometer to follow and observe the reaction by automatically taking and investigating probes. First and foremost we are interested in kinetic und mechanistic aspects of the rhodium catalysed hydroformylation. The spectroscopical obtained data are being supported and completed by chemometric methods.
Also bi- and monodentate Phosphite-Modified Hydroformylation is of research interest (ChemCatChem, 2:287, 2010).
Work on this topic has been made possible through a collaboration with Evonik. Collaborators at the LIKAT are Dr. Detlef Selent and Prof. Armin Börner. For a better understanding and the best possible way of analysing the obtained spectra, a bespoke software has been developed for evaluation in a close cooperation with the mathematicians Mathias Sawall and Prof. Neymeyr.