© 1985

Supported Metal Complexes

A New Generation of Catalysts


Part of the Catalysis by Metal Complexes book series (CMCO, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 1-33
  3. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 34-79
  4. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 80-117
  5. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 118-140
  6. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 141-148
  7. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 149-203
  8. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 204-215
  9. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 216-251
  10. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 285-298
  11. F. R. Hartley
    Pages 299-311
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 313-318

About this book


It is now IS years since the first patents in polymer supported metal complex catalysts were taken out. In the early days ion-exchange resins were used to support ionic metal complexes. Soon covalent links were developed, and after an initially slow start there was a period of explosive growth in the mid to late 1970s during which virtually every homogeneous metal complex catalyst ever reported was also studied bound to a support. Both polymers and inorganic oxides were studied as supports, although the great preponderance of workers studied polymeric supports, and of these polystyrene was by far the commonest used. This period served to show that by very careful design polymer-supported metal complex catalysts could have specific advantages over homogeneous metal complex catalysts. However the subject was a complicated one. Merely immobilising a successful metal complex catalyst to a functionalised support rarely yielded other than an inferior version of the catalyst. Amongst the many discouraging results of the 1970s, there were more than enough results that were sufficiently encouraging to demonstrate that, by careful design, supported metal complex catalysts could be prepared in which both the metal complex and the support combined together to produce an active catalyst which, due to the combination of support and complex, had advantages of activity, selectivity and specificity not found in homogeneous catalysts. Thus a new generation of catalysts was being developed.


ITIES Ion Ruthenium Zirconium bonding catalysis catalyst cobalt iridium metals nickel platinum polymer structure transition metal

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Military College of Science, ShrivenhamWiltshireEngland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Supported Metal Complexes
  • Book Subtitle A New Generation of Catalysts
  • Authors F.R. Hartley
  • Series Title Catalysis by Metal Complexes
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1855-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8817-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5247-8
  • Series ISSN 0920-4652
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 340
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Organometallic Chemistry
    Physical Chemistry
    Inorganic Chemistry
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`This is one of the first texts to deal with this significant and growing area in metal catalysed reactions. Not only does it fill a usefulniche, but it fills it well, and can be thoroughly recommended both as an introduction and as a handbook for anyone working in this important field.'
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 304 (1986)
`The most comprehensive single review ever published of supported metal complexes, including polymer-bound catalysts, has recently appeared in book form. ... This eleven chapter, 318 page text is well written and well organized.'
Polymer News, 1986
`Though there have been a number of comprehensive reviews on the subject of supported metal complex catalysts, as well as a number of critical book chapters, this is the first full text devoted entirely to this subject. For this reason alone it is a book which should be acquired by those active in this and related areas ... a work of this depth and it is a tribute to Professor Hartley that he has achieved this.'
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