Dr. László Kollár
full professor, head of department

Place and date of birth: Kaposvár, 26 May, 1955

Address: H-7623 Pécs, Hőgyes E. u. 23
Place of work:
University of Pécs, Department of Inorganic Chemistry
H-7624 Pécs, Ifjúság u. 6.
Tel.: (36) 72-503-600 / 4153
Fax.: (36) 72-501-518
E-mail: kollar@ttk.pte.hu

Professional experiences
1975-1979.Homogeneous catalytic reduction of ketones, structure—reactivity relations
(undergraduate student).
1980-1982.Asymmetric hydrogenation of ketones;
PhD in 1982 (Prof. L. Markó, Prof. B. Heil).
1983-1984.Stereoselective reduction of the C=C double bond of steroids.
1985-1986.Asymmetric hydroformylation of unsaturated carboxylic acid derivatives
(postdoctoral work with Prof. P. Pino, Prof. G. Consiglio [ETH-Zürich].
1987-1989.Asymmetric hydroformylation of vinylaromatics with platinum catalysts.
1990-1996.Functionalisation of steroids via homogeneous coupling and carbonylation reactions. Synthesis and characterisation of novel platinum-containing catalysts. Mechanistic investigation of platinum and palladium-catalysed reactions by NMR and HP NMR. Functionalisation of steroids and terpenes. Synthesis of chiral building blocks in asymmetric carbonylation reactions
(DSc in 1995, habilitation in 1996 at the University of Veszprém).
1997- Coordination and catalytic chemistry of triphosphines and aminophosphine complexes. Synthesis of ferrocenyl ligands. Functionalisation of iodovinyl-steroids.
(Janus Pannonius University/University of Pécs)

Positions held

1979-1982.Research fellow (Research Group for Petrochemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
1983-1984.Assistant Professor (University of Veszprém, Department of Organic Chemistry)
1985-1986."postdoc" (ETH Zürich, Technisch Chemisches Laboratorium)
1987-1992.Assistant Professor (University of Veszprém, Department of Organic Chemistry)
1993-1996.Associate Professor (University of Veszprém, Department of Organic Chemistry)
1996-1997.Head (Associate Professor) of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry (Janus Pannonius University)
1997-Head (Full Professor) of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry (Janus Pannonius University)
1998-2001.Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of the Janus Pannonius University


  • Széchenyi István Award for Professors (1997)
  • George Olah Prize (1998)
  • Fáy András Prize(2001)
  • Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2003)

Teaching experiences

Lectures in organic and analytical chemistry (interpretive spectroscopy) and laboratory excercises in organic chemistry and organic chemical technology at the University of Veszprém. Lectures in inorganic chemistry at the Janus Pannonius University. Optional subjects in 6 different fields such as homogeneous catalysis, selective synthesis, coordination chemistry, interpretive spectroscopy, history of coordination chemistry.

International research contacts

S. Gladiali (Universita di Sassari, phosphorus- and sulfur-containing ligands in catalysis)
B. Floris (Universita di Roma "Tor Vergata", asymmetric carbonylation of ferrocenyl olefins)
A. Arcadi (Universita di L' Aquila; stereoselective hydrogenation of steroids, application of homogeneous catalytic reactions for the functionalisation of steroids)
C. J. Elsevier (Universiteit van Amsterdam, HP NMR investigation of transition metal complexes)
M. Lautens (University of Toronto, asymmetric carbonylation of deltacyclenes)
W. Weissensteiner (Universität Wien, application of ferrocenyl aminophosphine ligands in homogeneous synthesis)
A. Sironi (Universita di Milano, x-ray structural determination of transition metal complexes)
E. Garcia (Santiago de Compostela, transition metal complexes of terdentate ligands)

International contacts in education

S. Gladiali (Universita di Sassari) 2000-2002
A. Arcadi (Universita de L'Aquila) 1998-2000
W. Weissensteiner (Universität Wien) 1998-1999
A. Sironi (Universita di Milano) 1998-2000
C. Claver (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) 1998-2002
P. Dixneuf (Université de Rennes) 1998-2002

Fields of interest

  • Homogeneous catalysis (hydrogenation, carbonylation, cross-coupling reactions).
  • Mechanistic aspects of platinum-, palladium- and rhodium-catalysed reactions.
  • Synthesis and characterization of transition metal complexes.
  • Functionalisation of terpenes and steroids.
  • Synthesis of chiral building blocks.
Publications, lectures

- 103 papers in international journals, 3 papers in hungarian journals; 800 citations (till the end of 2003; without self references).
- ca. 50 lectures at international conferences (7 times as invited or plenary lecturer); ca. 50 lectures at home-conferences.
- Seminars as invited lecturer or seminars during the stay of guest professorship at various universities (Amsterdam, Sassari, L'Aquila, Zürich, Bécs, Tübingen, etc.).


9 basic patents in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry and herbicide-chemistry.

Other scientific activity

Member of the referees' panel of J. Org. Chem., Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., New J. Chem., Appl. Catal. and Can. J. Chem.


Member of the Hungarian Chemical Society (since 1976)


German, Russian and English

Personal status

Married since 1984 (wife: Klára Juhász-Nagy, pharmacist). Three children; 9, 13 and 17 years old.

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