TRANSITION METAL-NHC COMPLEXES FOR SMALL MOLECULE .. (NHC-SMAC)
TRANSITION METAL-NHC COMPLEXES FOR SMALL MOLECULE ACTIVATIONS
Start date: Aug 1, 2013,
End date: Jul 31, 2015
The coordination chemistry of 3d transition metals with covalently tethered N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands is almost completely unexplored. In this project, we will develop a completely new and stereo-electronically more versatile type of NHC ligand functionalized with anionic amido or phosphido donor groups. Our ligands will enable the development of a new family of three-coordinate complexes of low-valent chromium, manganese iron, cobalt and nickel, represented by 1 and 2. The three coordinate complexes will possess intrinsically interesting molecular and electronic structures, and we will develop their reactivity towards a range of small-molecule activation reactions.
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