University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College, Durban 4041, South Africa
Holger Friedrich is a senior lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College). He is interested in the preparation and properties of transition metal-containing materials and especially their application to oxidation catalysis. Major focus areas are the oxidation of higher linear alkanes (C6 and greater) to valuable products over heterogeneous catalysts and the catalytic oxidation of alkenes. As osmium and ruthenium can be viewed as ‘South African metals’, their oxidation chemistry is being studied, with osmium finding application in catalysts for the dihydroxylation of olefins, whilst ruthenium-based catalysts can be very effective in the oxidation of alcohols to carbonyl compounds. Most of the catalytic materials currently being studied are mixed metal oxides or synthetic hydrotalcite-like compounds. Dr Friedrich also has an interest in heteronuclear organometallic compounds, investigating metalloselectivity and possible intermetallic communication. Organometallic derivatives of paraffins and carbenium ions are also being studied.
Dr Friedrich holds a BSc (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.