Acknowledgements

First and foremost, I would like to thank my advisor Prof. Dr. Erhard Kemnitz, for offering me the opportunity to study in his group. I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for his inspiring discussions, valuable suggestions and encouragement throughout my study. I learn a lot and am very grateful.

I would deeply like to thank Dr. Hillary A. Prescott for her patient help, support and encouragement throughout the duration of this thesis.

I am very grateful to the cooperation with the group of Prof. Dr. Heiner Lieske from Institut für Angewandte Chemie Berlin-Adlershof (ACA). I would like to thank Dr. Annette Trunschke for teaching me FTIR, Dr. Jens Deutsch for his help in the reactions. The discussions with them and the suggestions from them are very helpful.

I am very grateful to Dr. Michael Feist for thermal analysis; Prof. Aline Auroux for microcalorimetric measurement; Sigrid Bäßler for TPD measurement and fluoride analysis; Elfriede Lieske for gas-phase reaction test; Thoralf Krahl for solving the XRD problems; Dr. D. Heidemann for solid state NMR measurement; Dr. J. Radnik and Dr. Ercan Ünveren for XPS measurement; Dr. Irmela Hähnert for TEM measurement.

I would also like to thank Dr. Krishna Murthy Janmanchi, Dr. Udo Groß, Dr. Candra Shekar, Dr. Sergey I. Troyanov and Dr. Stephan Rüdiger for many helpful discussions, advices and help.

I would like to thank all the members and visiting scholars in Prof. Kemnitz’s group I ever met, Dr. Irmina Kris Murwani, Kerstin Scheurell, Mike Ahrens, Pratap Patil, Gehen Eltanany, Sushil K. Maurya, Dr. Yuexiang Zhu, Dr. Martin Wloka, Sakthievl Ramasamy, for their support and help in various ways.

Most of all, I would like to thank my wife and my family for encouraging me to face the difficulty and continually supporting.

At last, I would like to thank all my friends in Berlin, who have contributed to making my years of stay in Berlin not only educational, but also enjoyable.

Thank you!

Zhijian Li

July 2005


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