MIT Chemistry Directory

Dietmar Seyferth

Professor Emeritus

Professor Seyferth’s research during the past forty years has been in the general area of organometallic chemistry of the main group elements (principally Li, Mg, Zn, Hg, B, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb and P) and transition metals (principally Co and Fe). The work has dealt with the synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds, their reactivity (including mechanistic studies) and their applications, mainly in organic synthesis and materials chemistry. Recent work has in part dealt with the development of polymeric precursors whose pyrolysis results in useful nonoxide ceramics such as silicon carbide, nitride, carbonitride and oxynitride, boron nitride, aluminum nitride, as well as carbides, nitrides, silicides and borides of the early transition metals.

Professor Seyferth served the organometallic chemistry community as founding editor of two journals devoted to this field, first as a Regional Editor of the "Journal of Organometallic Chemistry" (1964 - 1981), subsequently as Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal "Organometallics" (1982 - 2010). Seyferth's academic auto-biography: "Looking back on Happy Days in Chemistry" was published in 2010 in a special issue of Organometallics, November 8, 2010, Volume 19, Number 21. The special was dedicated to Professor Seyferth on the occasion of his retirement as editor of the journal.  It contained approximately 125 contributions from all over the world.

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