Petr Štěpnička






Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Hlavova 2030, 12840 Prague, Czech Republic














functionalized ferrocene phosphines: synthesis, coordination chemistry and catalytic applications; polar ferrocenes as organometallic synthons and supramolecular building blocks




Short CV:


1995 MSc. in inorganic chemistry, Charles University, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic
1997 fellowship in Laboratoire de Coordination et Catalyse, Universite de Rennes, France, with P. H. Dixneuf (three months)
1998 PhD. in inorganic chemistry with J. Podlaha, Charles University, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic; Assistant Professor at the Department
1999 postdoctoral fellowship with T. Takahashi at Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan (one year)
2005 Associate Professor at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic






1995 The Rector Award
1995 The Prize for Chemistry by Rhône-Poulenc
1996 Award for Diploma Thesis from the Czech Chemical Society
2005 Miloš Hudlický Award from the Czech Chemical Society
2006 Alfred Bader Award for Organic Chemistry from the Czech Chemical Society






Štěpnička P., Císařová I. Preparation and hydrogen bonding in ferrocenecarboxamides substituted with 2-hydroxyethyl groups at the amide nitrogen atoms. Cryst. Eng. Comm. 7: 37-43 (2005).
Štěpnička P. The chemistry of phosphanyl-ferrocenecarboxylic ligands. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 3787-3808 (2005).
Štěpnička P., Císařová I. Synthesis and coordination behaviour of a phosphanyl(vinyl)ferrocene. Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 71: 215-236 (2006).
Štěpnička P., Císařová I., Gyepes R. Synthesis and structural characterisation of palladium and group-12 metal complexes with a hybrid phosphanylphosphonate ferrocene ligand. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 926-938 (2006).
Štěpnička P., Císařová I. Synthesis and coordination behavior of planar-chiral ferrocene alkenylphosphines. Inorg. Chem. 45: 8785-8798 (2006).




Research interest:


Introduction of additional, potentially donating functionality into a phosphine molecule often ensues in novel properties of the formed compound, thus representing an attractive route to new ligands with specific (sometimes rationally tailored) properties. Our research is directed predominantly towards the design and synthesis of new ferrocene phosphines bearing another, mostly polar donor group(s). The recent examples include (diphenylphosphino)ferrocene derivatives substituted in 1´ position with carboxyl, phosphonate ester or alkenyl groups. The prepared compounds have been structurally characterized and further studied as ligands in coordination compounds, catalyst components, and organometallic synthons. Results of our numerous structure determinations made with the ligands and their complexes stimulated our interest the preparation and structural studies of simple ferrocene derivatives bearing polar substituents with an intention to develop defined ferrocene tectons to be used in the preparation of self-assembled organometallic crystalline materials.