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N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyzed Domino Reactions

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While organocatalyzed domino reactions or “organocascade catalysis” developed into an important tool in synthetic chemistry during the past decade, the utility of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) as catalysts in domino reactions has only received growing attention in the past three years. Taking into account the unique activation modes of the substrates by NHC catalysts, it is often difficult to distinguish between a single chemical transformation and a sequential one-pot transformation. Therefore, herein we present a critical consideration of domino, cascade, and tandem catalysis in the case of NHC catalysts and highlight recent publications in this area.

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