Tailor-Made NHC Ligands
A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2016) | Viewed by 22947
Interests: functionalised NHC ligands; preparation of metal-NHC complexes; catalytic biomolecule modification; aqueous-phase catalysis; click chemistry; mechanistic studies
Nowadays, N-heterocyclic carbenes have moved from their initial status of laboratory curiosities to tools widely used in mainstream catalysis, thanks to their remarkable electronic and steric properties. Thanks to the relative ease of synthetic modification, many recent reports deal with the use of tailor-made NHC ligands, i.e., ligands specifically designed to fine-tune a desired property for a given catalytic application. These modifications may consist (non-exhaustive list) in the design of ligands with additional donor groups—multitopic and/or chelating ligands (in some cases displaying hemilability)—adjustment of the steric bulk, of the solubility in media of interest (including novel solvents and water), of the electron donicity. etc. NHC ligands may also be modified to graft catalytically competent complexes onto solid supports.
The aim of this Special Issue is to cover promising recent research and novel trends in catalysis using original NHC ligands (also including other types of stabilized carbenes) specifically designed to solve a problem in catalysis. Contributions from all areas of homogeneous and supported catalysis, based on experimental results and/or molecular modeling, would be of great interest.
Dr. Federico Cisnetti
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- N-heterocyclic carbenes
- Ligand design
- Metal complexes
- Fine chemicals
- Homogenous catalysis
- Supported catalysis