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Dr. Marijana Fekete

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Name:                          Dr. Marijana Fekete

Place and date of birth:  Novi Knezevac (Törökkanizsa, Serbia), 26th October 1979

Citizenship:                   Hungarian

Marital status:               Single


Education and degrees:  

Ph.D.: June 2008 (supervisor: Dr. Ferenc Joó)
Physical chemist: Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, October 1998 – 30th May 2003 Chemistry

Research activity:

During my PhD (and still now) I worked in a field of homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry. Mostly,
 I worked with N-heterocyclic carbenes, allenylidene and vinylidene complexes, Wilkinson complexes and phosphine-ligands (pta, (mpta)(CF3SO3), PPh3, mtppms, mtppts). I studied catalytic properties of these complexes in different homogeneous catalytic reactions in water and in biphasic systems (water/organic). I carried out a lot of reactions of redox isomerisation, hydrogenation, hydrogen transfer, olefin metathesis, decomposition of formic acid, photochemical reactions, etc. I synthesized ruthenium(II) and rhodium(I) NHC complexes and characterized them by NMR, FT-IR spectroscopic techniques, by ESI-TOF mass spectrometry and by elementary analysis, which are part of my PhD thesis. I spent some months in the Coordination and Organometallic chemistry laboratory at the University of Almería, Almería, Spain. My supervisor was there Antonio Romerosa. In Almería I studied photochemical hydrogen transfer reactions with bipyridyl/NHC-complexes of Ru(II) using the facilities of CIESOL (Solar Research Laboratory) of the University of Almería. There I was involved also in a research program focused to the synthesis and characterizations of new water soluble allenylidene and vinylidene Ru(II)-NHC complexes containing p-cymene ligands and the evaluation on their catalytic properties in olefin isomerization processes. I worked with air and moisture sensitive compounds on different spectroscopic techniques and analytical methods (NMR, FT-IR, etc). After finishing Chemistry PhD School I got a young researcher’s job (at the same research group as where I did my PhD) at the Research Group of Homogeneous Catalysis of Hungarian Academy of Science at the University of Debrecen.