Dr. Peter Coburger

Liebig Fellowship

Carbene-substituted Heterocycles for Sustainable Catalysis
Chair of Inorganic Chemistry with Focus on Novel Materials

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Coburger's research area is on the coordination chemistry of unusual cyclic phosphorus-centered biradicaloids. Despite their exotic nature, these biradicaloids have some very appealing properties for the development of functional and cooperative ligands such as their strong binding to metal centers, their redox non-innocent behavior and the presence of Lewis-basic sites. Building upon the unique properties of such biradicaloids, his goal is to utilize these properties to develop more sustainable approaches in homogeneous catalysis, specifically by enabling first-row transition metals and main-group elements to mimic the behavior of noble metals in olefin functionalization.The research is conducted using experimental and theoretical methods.<o:p></o:p>

Dr. Coburger received his Master's degree from the University of Leipzig in 2015. He then conducted his PhD research with Prof. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins (2015 - 2019, University of Leipzig). The research focussed on utilizing carborane-substituted diphosphetanes as synthons for new phosphorus-based ligands. The PhD project was followed by a postdoctoral research project with Prof. Robert Wolf (2019 - 2020, University of Regensburg). Then, Dr. Coburger relocated to the ETH Zurich to work as a postdoctoral research fellow in the group of Prof. Hansjörg Grützmacher (2020 - 2022). At the beginning of 2023, he started his independent research career at the TU Munich, initially supported by a Liebig Fellowship of the FCI and from 2024 onwards funded by the Emmy-Noether programme of the DFG.


  • 2024: Emmy-Noether Fellowship of the DFG
  • 2023: Liebig fellowship of the FCI
  • 2020: Research fellowship (Postdoc) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • 2020: BuildMoNa Award (3rd place) for “Outstanding Scientific Results”
  • 2016: PhD fellowship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
  • 2014: Fellowship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (chemistry studies)

P. Coburger, D. Zuber, C. Schweinzer, M.Scharnhölz, Phosphonium-substituted Diphosphaindenylide (PPI): Exploration of Biradical Character and Ligand Properties, Chem. Eur. J. 2023, e202302970.


P. Coburger, F. Masero, J. Boesken, V. Mougel, H. Grützmacher, A Germapyramidane Switches Between 3D Cluster and 2D Cyclic Structures in Single-Electron Steps, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202211749


M. T. Scharnhölz, P. Coburger, L. Gravogl, D. Klose, J. J. Gamboa-Carballo, G. Le Corre, J. Bösken, C. Schweinzer, D. Thöny, K. Meyer, Z. Li, H. Grützmacher, Bis(imidazolium)-1,3-diphosphete-diide: A Building Block for FeC2P2 Complexes and Clusters, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202205371


P. Coburger, J. Leitl, D. Scott, G. Hierlmeier, I. Shenderovich, E. Hey-Hawkins, R. Wolf, Synthesis of a Carborane-substituted Bis(phosphanido) Cobaltate(I), Ligand Substitution, and Unusual P4 Fragmentation, Chem. Sci. 2021, 12, 11225-11235.


P. Coburger, S. Demeshko, C. Rödl, E. Hey-Hawkins, R. Wolf, Oxidative P−P Bond Addition to Cobalt(−I): Formation of a Low‐Spin Cobalt(III) Phosphanido Complex, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 15871–15875