N-Heterocyclic carbene chemistry of iron: Fundamentals and applications

Michael J. Ingleson*, Richard A. Layfield

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Abstract

The use of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) in the chemistry of iron is stimulating important new applications of one of the most ubiquitous ligand types in modern organometallic chemistry. A series of reports has shown how the flexible and modifiable stereo-electronic properties of NHC ligands can be combined with iron in a range of oxidation states to create opportunities for studying unique structures, bonding and reactivity. Of particular interest are the roles of iron NHC complexes in: the stabilization of unusual oxidation states and coordination environments; the activation of small molecules; homogeneous catalysis; and bio-mimetic chemistry. Our feature article summarizes the key developments in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3579-3589
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Communications
Volume48
Issue number30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2012

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