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Special Issue "Nickel Complexes for Catalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Kouki Matsubara

Fukuoka University, 8-19-1 Nanakuma, Fukuoka 814-0180, Japan
Phone: +81-92-871-6631
Interests: organometallic chemistry; homogeneous catalysis; first-row transition metals; N-heterocyclic carbenes; mechanistic studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The chemistry of nickel complexes and their use in homogeneous catalysis have been under development for decades, along with those of palladium. Originally, the key player in the field was palladium, and nickel rarely attracted the community’s attention to its specific features. However, the increasing significance of first-row transition metal catalysis and the development of catalysts for important reactions, such as olefin polymerization, allylic substitution, cross coupling or oxidative coupling of unsaturated bonds; has led to the rise of nickel chemistry. Multiple novel ligands have been designed, and many new complexes are being developed and their catalytic features studied, denoting the unique characteristics that differentiate nickel from palladium.

This Special Issue aims to highlight the current chemistry of nickel complexes and nickel-based catalysis. Researchers working on the basic study of nickel chemistry as well as on the development of nickel complexes for catalysis, catalytic applications in organic transformations, and mechanistic studies are invited to contribute original research articles, as well as reviews and perspectives to be included in this Special Issue of Molecules.

Prof. Kouki Matsubara
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Nickel catalysts
  • Homogeneous reactions
  • Organic transformation
  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Reaction mechanism
  • DFT calculation
  • Ligand design
  • Olefin polymerization
  • C-H activation
  • Cross coupling

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