Alberico Elisabetta

Alberico Elisabetta

    • Researchers
  • 15 Aprile 2015
  • 2039


Profile: Researcher

Office location: Sassari

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Work phone #: 0039.079.2841206

Biography: Elisabetta Alberico was born in Ferrara on September 4th 1965. She graduated in Chemistry (with honors) at the University of Sassari, Italy and obtained her Ph. D. (with honors) in 2003 from the Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule, Aachen, in Germany. She has worked as research associate at the University of Sassari with Prof. Serafino Gladiali and at the University of Ottawa, Canada, with Prof. Howard Alpern. Since 2001 she holds a permanent position as researcher at the Intitute of Biomolecular Chemistry, Sassari, which is part of the National Research Council of Italy. Since 2010 she has an ongoing collaboration with Prof. Matthias Beller and Prof. Detlef Heller at the Leibniz-Institut für Catalyse an der Universität Rostock, Germany, where she is a member of the Catalysis for Energy research group led by Dr. Henrik Junge.



Dr. Alberico's main interests are in the fields of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, with a special focus on hydrogenation, transfer hydrogenation and dehydrogenation. She is involved in the design and synthesis of phosphorus and/or nitrogen ligands and the corresponding metal complexes (Rh, Ru, Fe) to be applied as catalysts in highly selective processes (reduction of dehydroamino acids, ketones, imines, nitriles, esters and amides) en route to the synthesis of molecules endowed with biological activity. Mechanistic investigations are carried out as well to understand the molecular basis of the developed catalytic systems with the ultimate goal of improving reactivity and selectivity.

Recently she has contributed to the development of Ru- and Fe-based homogeneous catalysts for the production of hydrogen through the acqueous reforming of (bio)methanol. Due to the milder conditions under which dehydrogenation takes place as compared to those required by heterogeneous catalysts, a possible application in Reformed Methanol Fuel Cells is foreseen.

Major publications

  1. H. S. Parker, E. Alberico, and H. Alper Regio- and Stereoselectrive Synthesis of key 1-Methyl Carbapenem via Hydroformylation Using a Zwitterionic Rhodium Catalyst. Am. Chem. Soc., 1999, 121, 11697-11703
  2. U. Englert, C. Hu, A. Salzer, E. Alberico  Conformationally Constrained Diphosphine Derived from (h6-(S)-N,N-dimethyl-1-aminoindane)Cr(CO)3: Synthesis and Application in Enantioselective Hydrogenation Organometallics, 2004, 23, 5419-5431
  3. S. Gladiali, E. Alberico Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation: Chiral Ligands and Applications Soc. Rev., 2006, 35, 226-236
  4. E. Alberico, W. Baumann, J. G. de Vries, H.-J. Drexler, S. Gladiali, D. Heller, H. J. W. Henderickx, L. Lefort  Unravelling the Reaction Path of Rhodium–MonoPhos Catalysed Olefin Hydrogenation                Chemistry, A European Journal 2011, 17, 12683-12695
  5. M. Nielsen, E. Alberico, W. Baumann, H.-J. Drexler, H. Junge, S. Gladiali, M. Beller  Efficient Low Temperature Aqueous-Phase Methanol Dehydrogenation to H2 and CO2 Nature 2013, 495, 85-89.
  6. E. Alberico, P. Sponholz, C. Cordes, M. Nielsen, H.-J. Drexler, W. Baumann H. Junge, M. Beller  Selective Hydrogen Production from Methanol with a defined Iron-Pincer Catalyst under Mild Conditions Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 14162-14166
  7. C. Bornschein, S. Werkmeister, B. Wendt, H. Jiao, E. Alberico, W. Baumann, H. Junge, K. Junge, M. Beller Mild and selective Hydrogenation of Aromatic and Aliphatic (di)Nitriles with a well- defined Iron Pincer complex. Commun. 2014, 10.1038/ncomms5111.
  8. S. Werkmeister, K. Junge, B. Wendt, E. Alberico, H. Jiao, W. Baumann, H. Junge, F. Gallou, M. Beller  Hydrogenation of Esters to Alcohols with a Well-Defined Iron Complex Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 8722-8726.
  9.  A. Meißner, E. Alberico, H.-J. Drexler, W. Baumann, D. Heller   Rhodium Diphosphine Complexes: a Case Study for Catalyst Activation and Deactivation.  Catalysis Science & Technology 2014, 4, 3409-3425.
  10.  E. Alberico, M. Nielsen  Towards a methanol economy based on homogeneous catalysis: methanol to H2 and CO2 to methanol. Commun. 2015, 51, 6714-6725.


Catalysis, rhodium, rutenium, iron, hydrogen, hydrogenation, transfer hydrogenation.