Dr Dominikus Heift


I have completed my undergraduate chemistry studies at the University of Cologne (Diploma) in 2008 before undertaking a PhD in Phosphorus Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Grützmacher at ETH Zurich. Here I worked on the development of atom economical phosphorus transfer reagents, with a focus on new phosphorus building blocks for heterocyclic molecular frameworks. Subsequently, in 2014 I decided to explore a totally different field of chemistry and worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Chaudret (INSA Toulouse) on the design and synthesis of innovative magnetic nanoparticles for applications in Fischer-Tropsch processes and hyperthermia cancer therapy. In May 2016 I was awarded an  EU-COFUND Junior Research Fellowship at Durham University and started establishing my own field of research in Main Group chemistry. In addition to my own research projects at Durham University I was working as Technical Development Support on an ERDF project between Durham University and CPI (Centre for Process Innovation). The project supported SMEs in the UK to design nanomaterials for a range of applications and helped me establishing several industrial collaborations. I was appointed as Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Kingston University in 2020.

Twitter: @DominikusHeift

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry


  • Diploma in Chemistry
  • PhD
  • MRSC
  • FHEA

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • FHEA

Undergraduate courses taught


I am interested in the synthesis and characterisation of molecular Main Group compounds and developing novel strategies to stabilise highly reactive species through rational design of tuneable ligand frameworks. Our focus is on Pnictogen (group 15) chemistry. We are developing new precursors for catalysts and molecular building blocks for heterocycles and functional materials. Currently we are investigating the potential of "pnictogen bonding" for catalysis and material design.

Research student supervision


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Fischer, Malte and Heift, Dominikus (2024) Trendbericht Anorganik 2024 : Hauptgruppen‐ und Molekülchemie. Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 72(2), pp. 46-57. ISSN (print) 1439-9598

Heift, Dominikus and Fischer, Malte (2023) Trendbericht Anorganische Chemie 2023 : Hauptgruppen. Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 71(2), pp. 46-57. ISSN (print) 1439-9598

Huang, Chengou, Gajewiak, Emil, Wright, Aidan, Rodriguez-Kazeem, William, Heift, Dominikus and Bear, Joseph (2023) A comparative meta-analysis of gains in efficiency in Pb- and Sn- based perovskite solar cells over the last decade. Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie (ZACC) = Journal of Inorganic and General Chemistry, 649(14), ISSN (print) 0044-2313

Fischer, Malte and Heift, Dominikus (2022) Trendbericht Anorganik 2022 Teil 1 : Hauptgruppen. Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 70(2), pp. 40-51. ISSN (print) 1439-9598

Fekete, Csilla, Barrett, Jamie, Benkő, Zoltán and Heift, Dominikus (2020) Dibismuthates as linking units for bis-zwitterions and coordination polymers. Inorganic Chemistry, 59(18), pp. 13270-13280. ISSN (print) 0020-1669

Mokrai, Réka, Barrett, Jamie, Apperley, David C., Zoltán, Benkő and Heift, Dominikus (2020) Tweaking the charge transfer : bonding analysis of Bismuth(III) complexes with a flexidentate phosphane ligand. Inorganic Chemistry, 59(13), pp. 8916-8924. ISSN (print) 0020-1669

Heift, Dominikus (2019) Iron sulfide materials : catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution. Inorganics, 7(6), p. 75. ISSN (online) 2304-6740

Mokrai, Réka, Barrett, Jamie, Apperley, David C., Batsanov, Andrei S., Benkő, Zoltán and Heift, Dominikus (2019) Weak pnictogen bond with bismuth : experimental evidence based on Bi-P through-space coupling. Chemistry - A European Journal, 25(16), pp. 4017-4024. ISSN (print) 0947-6539

Heift, Dominikus, Lacroix, Lise-Marie, Lecante, Pierre, Fazzini, Pier-Francesco and Chaudret, Bruno (2018) Controlling the sulfidation process of iron nanoparticles : accessing iron-iron sulfide core-shell structures. CHEMNANOMAT, 4(7), pp. 663-669. ISSN (online) 2199-692X

Gilliard Jr., Robert J., Heift, Dominikus, Benko, Zoltán, Keiser, Jerod M., Rheingold, Arnold L., Grutzmacher, Hansjörg and Protasiewicz, John D. (2018) An isolable magnesium diphosphaethynolate complex. Dalton Transactions, 47(3), pp. 666-669. ISSN (print) 1477-9226

Heift, Dominikus, Benkő, Zoltán, Suter, Riccardo, Verel, René and Grützmacher, Hansjörg (2016) The reactivity of acyl chlorides towards sodium phosphaethynolate, Na(OCP) : a mechanistic case study. Chemical Science, 7(9), pp. 6125-6131. ISSN (print) 2041-6520

Heift, Dominikus, Benkő, Zoltán, Grützmacher, Hansjörg, Jupp, Andrew R. and Goicoechea, Jose M. (2015) Cyclo-oligomerization of isocyanates with Na(PH[sub]2) or Na(OCP) as "P-" anion sources. Chemical Science, 6(7), pp. 4017-4024. ISSN (print) 2041-6520

Heift, Dominikus, Benkő, Zoltán and Grützmacher, Hansjörg (2014) Phosphaketenes as building blocks for the synthesis of triphospha heterocycles. Chemistry - A European Journal, 20(36), pp. 11326-11330. ISSN (print) 0947-6539

Heift, Dominikus, Benkő, Zoltán and Grützmacher, Hansjörg (2014) Redox-triggered reversible interconversion of a monocyclic and a bicyclic phosphorus hetercycle. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53(26), pp. 6757-6761. ISSN (print) 1433-7851

Heift, Dominikus, Benkő, Zoltán and Grützmacher, Hansjörg (2014) Is the phosphaethynolate anion, (OCP)−, an ambident nucleophile? A spectroscopic and computational study. Dalton Transactions, 43(15), pp. 5920-5928. ISSN (print) 1477-9226

Heift, Dominikus, Benkő, Zoltán and Grützmacher, Hansjörg (2014) Coulomb repulsion versus cycloaddition : formation of anionic four-membered rings from sodium phosphaethynolate, Na(OCP). Dalton Transactions, 43(2), pp. 831-840. ISSN (print) 1477-9226

Alidori, Simone, Heift, Dominikus, Santiso-Quinones, Gustavo, Benkő, Zoltán, Grützmacher, Hansjörg, Caporali, Maria, Gonsalvi, Luca, Rossin, Andrea and Peruzzini, Maurizio (2012) Synthesis and characterization of terminal [Re(XCO)(CO)[sub]2(triphos)] (X=N, P) : isocyanate versus phosphaethynolate complexes. Chemistry - A European Journal, 18(46), pp. 14805-14811. ISSN (print) 0947-6539

Klein, Axel, Butsch, Katharina, Elmas, Sait, Biewer, Christian, Heift, Dominikus, Nitsche, Sara, Schlipf, Irene and Bertagnoli, Helmut (2012) Oxido-pincer complexes of copper(II) – An EXAFS and EPR study of mono- and binuclear [(pydotH[sub]2)CuCl[sub]2][sub]n (n = 1 or 2). Polyhedron, 31(1), pp. 649-656. ISSN (print) 0277-5387

Puschmann, Florian Frank, Stein, Daniel, Heift, Dominikus, Hendriksen, Coenradus, Gal, Zoltan A., Grützmacher, Hans-Friedrich and Grützmacher, Hansjörg (2011) Phosphination of carbon monoxide : a simple synthesis of sodium phosphaethynolate (NaOCP). Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50(36), pp. 8420-8423. ISSN (print) 1433-7851

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