Welcome to the Roithová group

Understanding chemical reactions and molecular structure drives progress

Chemists aim to prepare new molecules and new materials with designed properties. To this end, they develop new reactions to form desired chemical bonding. Most of the modern efficient transformations rely on catalysis. Although the development of new reactions is usually based on knowledge and rational predictions, details of the reactions are often unknown. Especially in catalytic reactions, reactive species with a short lifetime and low concentration may be the key intermediates for the given reaction, but they remain undiscovered.

Our group develops methods for investigation of details of catalytic chemical reactions. The aim is to understand, to describe a trend how to improve catalysts and to prepare better catalysts. The unique aspect of our research is investigation of properties of reactive species at a single molecule level in interconnection with their reactions in bulk. We work on the border between chemistry and physics. The group is composed of chemists, who synthetize new catalysts and study their reactions, and of physicists, who develop and operate cutting-edge instrumentation to study the reactive species responsible for the reactions. Students are trained in synthetic chemistry, computational chemistry, mass spectrometry and different spectroscopical methods.

Our ongoing projects focus on investigation of novel catalysts for small molecule activation, on investigation of biomimetic metal complexes, and on investigation of mechanisms in organometallic chemistry. In method development, we focus on cryogenic ion spectroscopy and on development of techniques to study short-lived intermediates in photocatalytic and electrochemical reactions using mass spectrometry.

Spectroscopy & Catalysis is part of the Institute for Molecules and Materials.
The IMM is an interdisciplinary research institute in chemistry and physics at Radboud University. IMM’s mission is to perform fundamental research to understand, design and control the functioning of molecules and materials and to train the next generation of leaders in science and entrepreneurship at the highest international standards. Our group participates in the IMM research theme 1 'Structure and Dynamics of Molecules'  and theme 2 'Chemistry of Complex Systems'.

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Come join our team!

We offer a broad variety of exciting research projects for Master's and Bachelor's internships. Are you interested in synthesis and/or mass spectrometry and/or electrochemistry? Then don't hesitate to click here to see what we have to offer!

If you are otherwise interested in our work, please contact us.

Publication spotlight

Tuning the H‐Atom Transfer Reactivity of Iron(IV)‐Oxo Complexes as Probed by Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy

Guilherme L. Tripodi, Magda M. J. Dekker, Jana Roithová and Lawrence Que Jr., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202160, 7126–7131, DOI: 10.1002/ange.202016695

See also our Highlights and Recent publications.

Arte Tripodism

The arm wrestling represents the effect of a labile cis –ligand on the Fe=O (left table) and the FeO-H (right table) bond strengths.

Halloween 2021
2021 Table Tennis Tournament Winner

Congratulations Roelant for winning the 2021 Table Tennis Tournament!

2021 Roithová Grand Prix Podium
Indian Dinner Night
Group Picknick