Prof. Dr. Ferenc Joó
head of group
(Hungarian Scientific Bibliography)
Dr. Ferenc Joó
Place and date of
birth: Tótkomlós (Hungary), Jan. 06. 1949.
major, L. Kossuth University, Debrecen , Hungary , 1972
Ph.D. from the same university, 1995 (supervisor: Prof. M.T.
Doctor of Science ( Hungarian Academy of Sciences) 1991
Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2001
Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2007
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.
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
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
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.
Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences;
“Master Teacher” Award of the National Committee of
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,
Hungarian Chemists, 1972-;
American Chemical Society, 1991-;
Hungarian Society of Natural Science, 1993-