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Catalytic Applications of Terpyridines and their Transition Metal Complexes

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  • Dr. Andreas Winter,

    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena (Germany), Fax: (+49) 3641-948202
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena (Germany)
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), P.O. Box 902, 5600 AX Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
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  • Prof. Dr. George R. Newkome,

    Corresponding author
    1. Departments of Polymer Science and Chemistry & The Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 44325-4717 (USA), Fax: (+1) 330-972-2413
    • Departments of Polymer Science and Chemistry & The Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 44325-4717 (USA), Fax: (+1) 330-972-2413
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  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert

    Corresponding author
    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena (Germany), Fax: (+49) 3641-948202
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena (Germany)
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), P.O. Box 902, 5600 AX Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    • Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena (Germany), Fax: (+49) 3641-948202
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Abstract

The coordination compounds of the tridentate oligopyridine ligand 2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridine (tpy) are utilized in very different fields of research, such as materials science (e.g. photovoltaics), biomedicinal chemistry (e.g. DNA intercalation), and organometallic catalysis. Applications in the latter area have arisen from initial reports on electro- or photochemical processes and, today, a broad range of reactions—from artificial photosynthesis (water splitting) to biochemical and organic transformations as well as polymerization reactions—have been catalyzed by terpyridines and their transition metal complexes. In this review, the scope and the limitations of these applications, which emerged particularly in organic and macromolecular chemistry, will be evaluated.

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