Wehmschulte, Rudolf

Associate Professor

Educational Background

Vordiplom Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Germany 1985
Diplom Westfaelische Wilhelms Universitaet Muenster, Germany 1988
Dr. rer. nat. Westfaelische Wilhelms Universitaet Muenster, Germany 1991

Professional Experience

1992 - 1998: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, CA.
1998 - 2005: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
2005-2007: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Florida Institute ofTechnology, Melbourne, FL
2007-present: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Florida Institute ofTechnology, Melbourne, FL

Current Research

Low-Coordinate Cationic Aluminum and Gallium Compounds and Their Application in Catalysis including activation of CO2.

Low Oxidation state aluminum, gallium and indium compounds as alternatives to transition metal catalysts


Low Temperature Routes to Nitride and Oxide Materials.
Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Titania for Photocatalysis.

Selected Publications

Kenneth T. Bennae, Douglas R. Powell, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Lewis base adducts of diisobutylaluminum azide: synthesis and thermal stability J. Coord. Chem. 2015, 68, 2470–2479.

Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Kenneth K. Laali, Gabriela L. Borosky, Douglas R. Powell. Synthesis and Structure of the First Bridgehead Silylium Ion. Organometallics 2014, 33, 2146-2149.

Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Mahmoud Saleh, Douglas R. Powell. CO2 Activation with Bulky Neutral and Cationic Phenoxyalanes. Organometallics 2013, 32, 6812-6819.

Manish Khandelwal; Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Deoxygenative Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methane, Toluene, and Diphenylmethane with [Et2Al]+ as Catalyst. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 7323-7326. Deoxygenierende Reduktion von Kohlendioxid zu Methan, Toluol und Diphenylmethan mit [Et2Al]+ als Katalysator. Angew. Chem. 2012, 124, 7435-7439.

Manish Khandelwal, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Cationic Organoaluminum Compounds as Intramolecular Hydroamination Catalysts. J. Organomet. Chem. 2012, 696, 4179-4183.

Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Lukasz Wojtas. Cationic Ethylzinc Compound: A Benzene Complex with Catalytic Activity in Hydroamination and Hydrosilylation Reactions. Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 11300-11302.

Tomasz Klis, Douglas R. Powell, Lukasz Wojtas, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Synthesis and Characterization of Bulky Cationic Arylalkylaluminum Compounds. Organometallics 2011, 30, 2563-2570.

Manish Khandelwal, Douglas R. Powell, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Low-Coordinate Aluminum Amides from Silylanilines and Alkylalanes. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2011, 521-526.

Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. At Last: A Stable Univalent Gallium Cation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 4708-4709. Endlich – ein einwertiges Galliumkation. Angew. Chem. 2010, 122, 4816-4817.

Sukesh Shekar, Mamie M. Taylor, Brendan Twamley, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Synthesis of Aryloxyaluminum Hydrides and their Conversion into Aryloxyalumoxanes (ArOAlO)n. Dalton Trans. 2009, 9322-9326.

Bryan Buster, Armando A. Diaz, Tillman Graham, Rabiyah Khan, Masood A. Khan, Douglas R. Powell, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. m-Terphenylphosphines: Synthesis, structures and coordination properties. Inorg. Chim. Acta 2009, 362, 3465-3474.

Sukesh Shekar, Brendan Twamley, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Facile Synthesis of Monoazidotitanium Isopropoxides. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 10804-10806.

Armando A. Diaz, Bryan Buster, Daniel Schomisch, Masood A. Khan, J. Clayton Baum, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Size Matters: Room Temperature P-C Bond Formation Through C-H Activation in m-Terphenyldiiodophosphines. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 2858-2863.

Jackie D. Young; Masood A. Khan; Douglas R. Powell; Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Aluminum and Gallium m-Terphenyls: Synthesis and Conversion into Low-Coordinate Organogallium Cations. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2007, 1671-1681.

Brij B. Tewari, Sukesh Shekar, Longchuan Huang, Carolyn Gorrell, Timothy P. Murphy, Kevin Warren, Nasri Nesnas, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Aluminumoxyhydride: Improved Synthesis and Application as a Selective Reduction Agent. Inorg. Chem. 2006, 45, 8807-8811.

Armando A. Diaz, Jackie D. Young, Masood A. Khan, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Facile Synthesis of Unsymmetrical 9-Phospha- and 9-Arsafluorenes. Inorg. Chem. 2006, 45, 5568-5575.

Suwen Liu, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Guoda Lian, Christopher M. Burba. Room temperature synthesis of silver nanowires from tabular silver bromide crystals in the presence of gelatin. J. Solid State Chem. 2006, 179, 696-701.

Suwen Liu, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Iron-Filled Nodule-Containing Carbon Nanotubes: A Novel Assembly of Carbon Nanostructures. Carbon 2005, 43, 1553-1558.

Jackie D. Young, Masood A. Khan, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Synthesis and characterization of an almost linear, quasi-two-coordinate, cationic diorganoaluminum compound. Organometallics 2004, 23, 1965-1967.

Suwen Liu, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Christopher M. Burba. Synthesis of Novel Nanostructured gamma-Al2O3 by Pyrolysis of Aluminumoxyhydride HAlO. J. Mater. Chem. 2003, 13, 3107-3111.

Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Jared M. Steele, Masood A. Khan. Diterphenylgallium Alkyls and Hydride: Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity. Organometallics 2003, 22, 4678-4684.

Suwen Liu, Ulrike Fooken, Christopher M. Burba, Margaret A. Eastman, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Synthesis and Characterization of Amorphous Nanostructured HAlO, a Novel Aluminumoxyhydride, Chem. Mater. 2003, 15, 2803-2808.

Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Jared M. Steele, Jackie D. Young, Masood A Khan. [2,6-Mes2C6H3]2Ga+Li[Al{OCH(CF3)2}4]2 (Mes = 2,4,6-Me3C6H2): A Compound Containing a Linear Unsolvated Two-Coordinate Gallium Cation, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 1470-1471.

Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Armando A. Diaz, Masood A. Khan. Unsymmetrical 9-Borafluorenes via Low-Temperature C-H Activation of m-Terphenylboranes, Organometallics 2003, 22, 83-92.

Michael C. Hodgson, Masood A. Khan, Rudolf J. Wehmschulte. Synthesis and Reactivity of Amidoaluminum Hydride Compounds as Potential Precursors to AlN, J. Cluster Sci. 2002, 13, 503-520.

Rudolf. J. Wehmschulte, Brendan Twamley, Masood A. Khan. Synthesis and Characterization of an Unsolvated Dimeric Diarylmagnesium Compound and Its Magnesium Iodide Byproducts. Inorg. Chem. 2001, 40, 6004-6008.

Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Masood A. Khan, Shawn I. Hossain. Reaction of m-Terphenyldichlorophosphanes with Sodium Azide: Synthesis and Characterization of Stable Azidocyclophosphazenes. Inorg. Chem. 2001, 40, 2756-2762.

Ulrike Fooken, Masood A. Khan, Rudolf. J. Wehmschulte. Novel Aluminum Hydride Derivatives from the Reaction of H3AlNMe3 with the Cyclosilazanes [Me2SiNH]3 and [Me2SiNH]4. Inorg. Chem. 2001, 40, 1316-1322.

Rudolf. J. Wehmschulte, Masood A. Khan, Brendan Twamley, Berthold Schiemenz. Synthesis and Characterization of a Sterically Encumbered Unsymmetrical 9-Borafluorene, Its Pyridine Adduct and Its Dilithium Salt. Organometallics, 2001, 20, 844-849.