School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Professor Dr. Carsten Jenne

Inorganic Chemistry



The group deals with the molecular chemistry of nonmetals in their entire diversity. In cooperation with partners from universities and industry, basic and applied research is carried out. The research topics range from classical boron cluster chemistry to the use of weakly coordinating anions in catalysis or the stabilization of reactive cations to modern materials for technical applications.

Preparative inorganic synthetic chemistry, quantum chemical calculations, and analytical, spectroscopic, and physical methods provide the tools to address the research topics. The group also operates one of the few specialized laboratories for elemental fluorine handling in Germany.

Selected Publications

Activation of CS2 and CO2 by Silylium Cations
Carsten Jenne, Marc. C. Nierstenhöfer, Valentin van Lessen
Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 3288-3291

First steps towards a stable neon compound: Observation and bonding analysis of [B12(CN)11Ne]-
Martin Mayer, Markus Rohdenburg, Valentin van Lessen, Marc C. Nierstenhöfer, Edoardo Aprà, Simon Grabowsky, Knut R. Asmis, Carsten Jenne, Jonas Warneke
Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 4591-4594

Rational design of an argon-binding superelectrophilic anion
Martin Mayer, Valentin van Lessen, Markus Rohdenburg, Gao-Lei Hou, Zheng Yang, Rüdiger M. Exner, Edoardo Aprà, Vladimir A. Azov, Simon Grabowsky, Sotiris S. Xantheas, Knut R. Asmis, Xue-Bin Wang, Carsten Jenne, Jonas Warneke
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2019, 116, 8167-8172

Self-organizing layers from complex molecular anions
Jonas Warneke, Martin E. McBriarty, Shawn L. Riechers, Swarup China, Mark H. Engelhard, Edoardo Aprà, Robert P. Young, Nancy M. Washton, Carsten Jenne, Grant E. Johnson, Julia Laskin
Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 1889

The First Step of the Oxidation of Elemental Sulfur: Crystal Structure of the Homopolyatomic Sulfur Radical Cation [S8]•+
Janis Derendorf, Carsten Jenne, Mathias Keßler
Angew. Chem. 2017, 129, 8395-8398; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 8281-8284

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