N-Heterocyclic Carbenes in Transition Metal Catalysis

  • Frank Glorius

Part of the Topics in Organometallic Chemistry book series (TOPORGAN, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Silvia Díez-González, Steven P. Nolan
    Pages 47-82
  3. Eduardo Peris
    Pages 83-116
  4. Lutz H. Gade, Stéphane Bellemin-Laponnaz
    Pages 117-157
  5. Emmanuelle Despagnet-Ayoub, Tobias Ritter
    Pages 193-218
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-232

About this book


It was only in the early 1990s that carbenes with the carbene carbon being incorporated in a nitrogen containing heterocycle (N-heterocyclic carbenes or NHCs) were found to be stable enough to be isolated. Since the first report on the application of NHCs as ligands in transition metal catalysis in 1995, NHC have found numerous applications and have been established as a versatile and indispensable class of ligands. For many reactions like metathesis or cross-coupling reactions NHCs have often become the ligands of choice, allowing otherwise difficult transformations. In this book leading experts have surveyed major areas of application of NHC metal complexes in catalysis. The authors have placed a special focus on nickel- and palladium-catalyzed reactions, on applications in metathesis reactions, on oxidation reactions and on the use of chiral NHC-based catalysts. This compilation is rounded out by an introductory chapter and a chapter dealing with synthetic routes to NHC metal complexes. The use of NHC as ligands in catalysis has reached a certain level of maturity and this book allows the reader to get a balanced view of this increasingly important ligand class.


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  • Frank Glorius
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  1. 1.Philipps-UniversitätMarburgFachbereich ChemieMarburgGermany

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