Prof. Ulrich Kortz

Functional Inorganic Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalysis
School of Science
Campus Ring 8, 28759 Bremen, Germany
Phone number
+49 421 200-3235
Fax number
+49 421 200-3229
Email Address
Research III, Room 111
Research Interests

Discrete, anionic metal-oxo clusters (known as polyoxometalates, or POMs) are a class of inorganic compounds. POMs are usually water-soluble with a tunable shape, size, and structure and a large range of physicochemical properties. Their versatility makes them particularly interesting to several industries, from energy through to biomedical sciences. For example, the chemical industry uses them as heterogeneous or homogeneous redox catalysts. In fact, POMs contributed to the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the structure determination of ribosomes as co-crystallising agents.

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Selected Publications

Polyoxometalates: Fascinating structures, unique magnetic properties

U Kortz, A Mueller, J van Slageren, J Schnack, NS Dalal, M Dressel

Coordination Chemistry Reviews 253 (19-20), 2315-2327

Noble metals in polyoxometalates

NV Izarova, MT Pope, U Kortz

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51 (38), 9492-9510

The Wheel‐Shaped Cu20 Tungstophosphate [Cu20Cl(OH)24(H2O)12(P8W48O184)]25− Ion

SS Mal, U Kortz

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 44 (24), 3777-3780

Heteropolymolybdates of AsIII, SbIII, BiIII, SeIV, and TeIV Functionalized by Amino Acids

U Kortz, MG Savelieff, FYA Ghali, LM Khalil, SA Maalouf, DI Sinno

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 41 (21), 4070-4073

Synthesis and characterization of copper-, zinc-, manganese-, and cobalt-substituted dimeric heteropolyanions,[(α-XW9O33) 2M3 (H2O) 3] n-(n= 12, X= AsIII, SbIII, M= Cu2+, Zn2+ …

U Kortz, NK Al-Kassem, MG Savelieff, NA Al Kadi, M Sadakane

Inorganic Chemistry 40 (18), 4742-4749

Hexadecacobalt (II)‐containing polyoxometalate‐based single‐molecule magnet

M Ibrahim, Y Lan, BS Bassil, Y Xiang, A Suchopar, AK Powell, U Kortz

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50 (20), 4708-4711

The Tungstogermanate [Ce20Ge10W100O376(OH)4(H2O)30]56−: A Polyoxometalate Containing 20 Cerium(III) Atoms

BS Bassil, MH Dickman, I Römer, B von der Kammer, U Kortz

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 46 (32), 6192-6195

Synthesis and characterization of iron (III)-substituted, dimeric polyoxotungstates,[Fe4 (H2O) 10 (β-XW9O33) 2] n-(n= 6, X= AsIII, SbIII; n= 4, X= SeIV, TeIV)

U Kortz, MG Savelieff, BS Bassil, B Keita, L Nadjo

Inorganic chemistry 41 (4), 783-789

Structure, Electrochemistry, and Magnetism of the Iron(III)-Substituted Keggin Dimer, [Fe6(OH)3(A-α-GeW9O34(OH)3)2]11-

LH Bi, U Kortz, S Nellutla, AC Stowe, J van Tol, NS Dalal, B Keita, L Nadjo

Inorganic chemistry 44 (4), 896-903

The Ball‐Shaped Heteropolytungstates [{Sn(CH3)2(H2O)}24{Sn(CH3)2}12(A‐XW9O34)12]36− 

U Kortz, F Hussain, M Reicke

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 44 (24), 3773-3777

Sandwich-Type Germanotungstates:  Structure and Magnetic Properties of the Dimeric Polyoxoanions [M4(H2O)2(GeW9O34)2]12- (M = Mn2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd …

U Kortz, S Nellutla, AC Stowe, NS Dalal, U Rauwald, W Danquah, ...

Inorganic chemistry 43 (7), 2308-2317

A Large, Novel Polyoxotungstate: As ^III_6 W65O217 (H2O) 7 26−

U Kortz, MG Savelieff, BS Bassil, MH Dickman

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 40 (18), 3384-3386

Photocatalytic Water Oxidation by a Mixed‐Valent MnIII3MnIVO3 Manganese Oxo Core that Mimics the Natural Oxygen‐Evolving Center

R Al‐Oweini, A Sartorel, BS Bassil, M Natali, S Berardi, F Scandola, ...

Angewandte Chemie 126 (42), 11364-11367

A Planar {Mn19(OH)12}26+ Unit Incorporated in a 60‐Tungsto‐6‐Silicate Polyanion

BS Bassil, M Ibrahim, R Al‐Oweini, M Asano, Z Wang, J van Tol, NS Dalal, ...

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50 (26), 5961-5964

Mechanistic Insights into Alkene Epoxidation with H2O2 by Ti- and other TM-Containing Polyoxometalates: Role of the Metal Nature and Coordination Environment

NS Antonova, JJ Carbo, U Kortz, OA Kholdeeva, JM Poblet

Journal of the American Chemical Society 132 (21), 7488-7497

Structure and Magnetism of the Tetra-Copper(II)-Substituted Heteropolyanion [Cu4K2(H2O)8(α-AsW9O33)2]8-

U Kortz, S Nellutla, AC Stowe, NS Dalal, J Van Tol, BS Bassil

Inorganic chemistry 43 (1), 144-154

Supramolecular Structures of Titanium(IV)‐Substituted Wells–Dawson Polyoxotungstates

U Kortz, SS Hamzeh, NA Nasser

Chemistry–A European Journal 9 (13), 2945-2952

Structure, magnetism, and electrochemistry of the multinickel polyoxoanions [Ni6As3W24O94 (H2O) 2] 17-,[Ni3Na (H2O) 2 (AsW9O34) 2] 11-, and [Ni4Mn2P3W24O94 (H2O) 2] 17

IM Mbomekalle, B Keita, M Nierlich, U Kortz, P Berthet, L Nadjo

Inorganic chemistry 42 (17), 5143-5152

The Satellite-Shaped Co-15 Polyoxotungstate, [Co6(H2O)30{Co9Cl2(OH)3(H2O)9(β-SiW8O31)3}]5-

BS Bassil, S Nellutla, U Kortz, AC Stowe, J van Tol, NS Dalal, B Keita, ...

Inorganic chemistry 44 (8), 2659-2665

Magnetism, electron paramagnetic resonance, electrochemistry, and mass spectrometry of the pentacopper (II)-substituted tungstosilicate [Cu5 (OH) 4 (H2O) 2 (A-α-SiW9O33) 2] 10 …

S Nellutla, J van Tol, NS Dalal, LH Bi, U Kortz, B Keita, L Nadjo, ...

Inorganic chemistry 44 (26), 9795-9806


University Education

UVSQ Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Postdoc, Inorganic Chemistry

1996 - 1997

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Postdoc, Inorganic Chemistry

1995 - 1996

Georgetown University

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Inorganic Chemistry

1990 - 1995

Work Experience

Associate Professor at American University of Beirut

Assistant Professor at American University of Beirut