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Iridium: Organometallic Chemistry

  1. Joseph S. Merola

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia102

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Merola, J. S. 2006. Iridium: Organometallic Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


The organometallic chemistry of iridium is reviewed. The general classes of complexes of iridium containing iridium to carbon bonds are surveyed. The preparations of iridium olefin complexes, iridium arene complexes, iridium carbonyl complexes, iridium cyclopentadienyl complexes, and other types of complexes are covered along with the use of those classes of compounds in preparing other organometallic iridium species. In addition, three areas in which organoiridium compounds find particular application are specifically reviewed: catalysis utilizing organometallic compounds of iridium, carbon–hydrogen (C[BOND]H) bond activation chemistry with iridium, and hydrodesulfurization (HDS) studies using iridium. References to other reviews, to monographs, and to the primary literature are provided in all cases.


  • iridium;
  • organometallic;
  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • hydrodesulfurization;
  • hydroboration;
  • olefin complexes;
  • arene complexes;
  • cyclopentadienyl complexes;
  • carbonyl complexes;
  • catalysis