Non-Innocent Ligands: New Opportunities in Iron Catalysis (pages 376–389)
Sébastien Blanchard, Etienne Derat, Marine Desage-El Murr, Louis Fensterbank, Max Malacria and Virginie Mouriès-Mansuy
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201100985
The ability of non-innocent ligands (NILs) to act as a storage/supply unit of electrons promotes one- or two-electron transfers, allowing iron catalysts to perform reactions that were previously restricted to catalysts based on noble metals. Progress in this promising area of research is reviewed with special emphasis on DFT calculations and analysis of spectroscopic data.