N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Containing Metal Complexes
Published Online: 13 JUN 2008
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Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry
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Fantasia, S., Clavier, H. and Nolan, S. P. 2008. N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Containing Metal Complexes. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .
- Published Online: 13 JUN 2008
In the last decade, coordination chemistry has witnessed the advent of a new class of ligands: the N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). The “success story” associated with this ligand family can be explained by the unique stereoelectronic properties of the NHCs; these unique properties have led to their numerous applications in catalysis. This article provides an overview of developments and recent advances in the syntheses of NHCs and NHCtransition metal complexes. For these NHC ligand-containing complexes, an analysis focuses on stability and reactivity patterns is provided. Reactions such as the cleavage of NHCmetal bond, CH and CC activations, NHC migration, and NHC insertion are presented.
- complex synthesis;
- insertion reaction;
- N-heterocyclic carbene;
- transition metal;