Special Issue "Catalysts for C–H Activation and Functionalisation"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalytic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Immacolata Tommasi Website E-Mail
Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Bari “A. Moro”, v. Orabona, 4, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: C–H activation; carbon dioxide; synthesis of carboxylic acids; transition–metal catalysis; Brønsted-base catalysis; carboxylation reactions; enzymatic catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Catalysts is planning a Special Issue focused on “Catalysts for C–H Activation and Functionalization”. In the 1970s, Shilov and Crabtree pioneered research in this fascinating field, reporting, respectively, methane functionalization and alkanes dehydrogenation promoted by soluble transition metal complexes. In the early 1980s, the groups of Bergman, Jones, and Graham provided evidence for C–H oxidative addition to Ir centers. Since then, C–H activation/functionalization chemistry has exhibited a steady growth and continues to expand to this day thanks to the development of advanced synthetic strategies that allow, for example, to control the positional selectivity in intermolecular C–H transformations. Research and findings in this research area were recently reviewed in the Chemical Review Special Issue titled “C–H activation” (reporting a comprehensive review of the literature published until mid-2016) as well as in other outstanding journals.

Considering the rapid growth of publications on this topic in recent years, we cordially invite you to contribute an original article/perspective/review focusing on one aspect of C–H activation and functionalization chemistry using both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, including enzyme catalysis.

Prof. Immacolata Tommasi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • C–H activation
  • C–C, C–O, C–N bond formation
  • Organometallic synthesis and catalysis
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Enzyme catalysis
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • DFT studies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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