Prof. Dr. Shigeyoshi Inoue


Silicon Chemistry

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research interests of Professor Shigeyoshi Inoue include the synthesis, characterization and reactivity investigation of compounds containing low-valent main group elements (Group 13, 14 and 15 elements) with unusual structures and unique electronic properties, in an effort to find novel applications. His research places particular emphasis on low-coordinate silicon and aluminium compounds.

Professor Inoue studied at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and carried out his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Akira Sekiguchi, obtaining his PhD in 2008. After working as a Humboldt postdoctoral research fellow and a JSPS postdoctoral fellow with Professor Matthias Drieß at TU Berlin, in 2010 he established an independent research group there as part of the Sofja Kovalevskaja program. In 2015, he was appointed to the professorship of silicon chemistry at TUM.


  • Eugen und Ilse Seibold Prize, DFG (2020)
  • European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (2020)
  • Carl Duisberg Memorial Award, GDCh (2017)
  • European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2014)
  • Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010)

Reiter D, Holzner R, Porzelt A, Frisch F, Inoue S: “Silylated silicon–carbonyl complexes as mimics of ubiquitous transition-metal carbonyls“. Nature Chem. 2020; 12: 1131-1135.


Sakar D, Weetman C, Dutta S, Schubert E, Jandl C, Koley D, Inoue S: “N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Stabilized Germa-acylium Ion: Reactivity and Utility in Catalytic CO2 Functionalizations“. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020; 142: 15403-15411.


Nesterov V, Baierl R, Hanusch F, Ferao AE, Inoue S: “N‐Heterocyclic Carbene-Stabilized Germanium and Tin Analoguesof Heavier Nitriles: Synthesis, Reactivity, and Catalytic Application “. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019; 141: 14576-14580.


Bag P, Porzelt A, Altmann PJ, Inoue S: „ A Stable Neutral Compound with an Aluminum-Aluminum Double Bond“. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017; 139(41): 14384-14387.


Franz D, Szilvási T, Irran E, Inoue S: "A monotopic aluminum telluride with an Al=Te double bond stabilized by N-heterocyclic carbenes". Nature Commun. 2015; 6: 10037-10042.