Special Issue "Organoplatinum Complexes"


A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Axel Klein
University of Cologne, Department of Chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Cologne, Germany.
Website: http://www.klein.uni-koeln.de/
E-Mail: axel.klein@uni-koeln.de
Interests: organotransition metal chemistry; platinum; palladium; nickel; synthesis; electrochemistry; photophysics; spectroscopy; modelling of catalytic processes

Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Elena Lalinde
University of La Rioja, Logrono, La Rioja, Spain
Website: https://cisq.unirioja.es/en/gmmo.php
E-Mail: elena.lalinde@unirioja.es
Interests: synthesis of platinum group metal complexes, design of clusters and supramolecular networks stabilized by metal-metal and metal alkynyl bonds, study of their reactivity and photophysical behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The history of organoplatinum chemistry spans a long time period, from the early reports of Zeise or Pope and Peachey in the 19th century to today’s manifold applications of organoplatinum complexes or building blocks. On first view, the reason is simple: platinum, especially in the oxidation state +II provides very inert and thermodynamically stable Pt-C bonds and Pt2+ is (apart from Pd2+) the best ion to coordinate to olefin ligands.

Many applications of organoplatinum compounds utilize this robustness, which is even further elevated in cyclometalated compounds or units. In turn, the ease-of-use of the metalation reaction in activating H-C or X-C functions opens a vast field of synthetic organometallic chemistry. Organometallic platinum complexes or building blocks are highly amenable for use in the construction of supramolecular aggregates or hybrid materials. Such materials are often employed because of their easily tuneable (electro)luminescence. Here, the heavy and relativistic character of platinum, and thus the availability of triplet excited states, adds to the stable binding in such compounds. Pt-C bonds of organoplatinum complexes have also proved to be inert under physiological conditions; and the increased cytotoxicity compared to the established (non-organometallic) drug cisplatin and different toxicity mechanism, makes them interesting candidates for future anti-cancer drugs. On the other hand, chemists would not be chemists if they could not tune the bond strength and reactivity of Pt-C bonds, and thus render them more reactive. Therefore, in addition to the currently established use of organoplatinum complexes as slowed down models of platinum metal catalysed processes (note that palladium and rhodium are far less inert), organoplatinum complexes themselves have emerged on the scene as reactive, chemo- or stereo-selective reagents or catalysts.

Prof. Dr. Axel Klein
Guest Editor


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  • luminescent complexes and materials
  • supramolecular chemistry; cytotoxicity
  • CVD
  • cyclometalation
  • structural and mechanistic studies
  • reactive species in organometallic catalysis

Published Papers (1 paper)

Inorganics 2014, 2(1), 115-131; doi:10.3390/inorganics2010115
Received: 14 February 2014; in revised form: 13 March 2014 / Accepted: 13 March 2014 / Published: 21 March 2014
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Last update: 10 February 2014

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