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Special Issue "Metal Carbene Complex"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organometallic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 December 2016)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. James W. Herndon

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, New Mexico State University, MSC 3C, Las Cruces, NM 88003, United States
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Interests: reactions of highly conjugated alkynes; transition metal carbene complexes; cycloaddition reactions; synthesis of medicinally important compounds; synthesis of polynuclear aromatic ring systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transition metal carbene complexes are formally compounds that contain a carbon-metal double bond, and more recently this definition has expanded to include complexes between stable carbenes and transition metals. Since the first report of a stable transition metal carbene complex in 1964 (and even earlier reports invoking these compounds as reactive intermediates in cyclopropanation and olefin metathesis reactions), the development of new processes and the improvement of established processes focusing on metal carbene complexes continues to be an important research area. Development of stable carbene complexes as initiators for olefin metathesis reactions was the subject of the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 2005. Continued uses of stable carbene complexes as initiators for olefin metathesis and for the design of novel cycloaddition and C–H activation reactions continues to be an active research area. The design of new reaction processes that generate metal carbene complexes from diazo compounds, hydrazones, triazoles, alkynes, cyclopropenes, and sulfur ylides continues to be an active research area and has had a profound effect in synthetic organic chemistry. Although their major use has historically been for the synthesis of organic compounds, emerging uses of carbene complexes as practical functional materials have also been reported. This Special Issue seeks to provide a forum for the dissemination of new discoveries in the area broadly defined as carbene complexes, to include reactions mediated by discrete carbene complexes, as well as reaction processes that involve carbene complexes as unisolated reactive intermediates, properties of carbene complexes, and novel practical uses for carbene complexes.

Dr. James W. Herndon
Guest Editor

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  • Metal Carbene Complexes
  • Carbene Complex Intermediates
  • Olefin Metathesis
  • Cyclopropanation
  • Cycloaddition
  • C–H activation
  • Benzannulation
  • Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Novel Functional Materials

Published Papers

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