Department of Organic and Nuclear Chemistry
Faculty of Science
Welcome to WEB-pages of Martin Kotora and his group.
Phenomenon of catalysis was described for the first time by Berzelius, who wrote:
"...This new power, hitherto unknown is common both organic and
inorganic nature ...
I shall ...call it catalytic power."
Berzelius Edin. New. Phil. Jrnl. XXI , 223.
Today catalysis, especially the one using transition metal compounds, arms chemists with a unique tool that allows to bring about complex transformations of molecules under mild reaction conditions. These fascinating opportunities provide major impetus for our interests in exploratory research in catalysis and its application in organic synthesis.
Our main research interests are directed toward:
(A part of our group is located at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, v.v.i., Academy of Science of the Czech Republic.)