MTA-DE Homogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Mechanisms Research Group

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Prof. Dr. Ferenc Joó

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Name:                          Dr. Ferenc Joó

Place and date of birth: Tótkomlós (Hungary), Jan. 06. 1949.

Education and degrees:  

Chemistry major, L. Kossuth University, Debrecen , Hungary , 1972
Ph.D. from the same university, 1995 (supervisor: Prof. M.T. Beck)
Doctor of Science ( Hungarian Academy of Sciences) 1991
Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2001
Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 200


Research activity:

Ever been interested in use of organometallic catalysts in aqueous systems. This work started in 1971 with research into the catalytic activity of platinum group metal complexes containing meta-monosulfonated triphenylphosphine ligands.
This was later extended to study of phase transfer catalyzed organometallic reactions. Applied water soluble catalysts for modification of biological membranes (including live cells) by hydrogenation. Such modifications give information on the mechanism of stress tolerance of the cells.
In addition to the above, present interest includes catalytic hydrogenation of carbon dioxide in aqueous solutions, synthesis and catalytic applications of water-soluble N-heterocyclic carbene complexes, and the use of ionic liquids in homogeneous and biphasic catalysis


Visited several laboratories for various durations in Europe, Canada, US and Israel. Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Department of Organic Chemistry, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Host: Prof. J. Blum, Autumn semester 1993/94
Iberdrola Visiting Professor, Department of Inorganic Chemistry,
The University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain. Host. Prof: L.A. Oro, Autumn semester, 1995/96    Visiting Professor, ENSC Toulouse, France. Host: Prof. Ph. Kalck, June 2001
Visiting Professor, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, Host: Prof. P.J. Dyson, May-June, 2003
Co-director (with I.T. Horváth) of a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Aqueous Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis (Debrecen, 1994)

Member of the International Advisory Board of the International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis series. Advisory Board member for “Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis Letters” and “Catalysis Communications”. 3 books, 130 res. publications in refereed journals and books, ≥2350 independent lit. citations.


 Buzágh Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences;
“Master Teacher” Award of the National Committee of Technical Development;
Apáczai-Csere Prize, Ministry of Education, Hungary; Széchenyi Prize, The President of the Republic of Hungary;
Alcoa Leo Szilard Prize, Ministry of Culture and Education, Hungary.


Society of Hungarian Chemists, 1972-;
American Chemical Society, 1991-;
Hungarian Society of Natural Science, 1993-