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Organometallic Chemistry of N-heterocyclic Carbenes (Hardcover) (Han Vinh Huynh)

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NHCs have received wide attention as excellent ligands in transition metal catalysis due to the exceptionally stable metal-carbene bonds, ease of synthesis, and their structural versatility, and they have now become the  ligands of choice in a range of important organometallic reactions including metathesis and cross-coupling.

This advanced textbook introduces and describes the coordination chemistry of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). In particular, it focuses on a detailed description of common synthetic methods and techniques as well as characteristic properties of NHC precursors, free NHCs, their ligand behavior and a selection of their most common transition metal complexes (e.g. Ru, Rh, Ir, group 10 and 11). Full experimental details of selected compounds (e.g. commonly used NHC precursors and their complexes) are given in boxes at the end of chapters for the reader to repeat in order to get a feel for the potential extension to other derivatives. Spectroscopic signatures, in particular 13C NMR spectroscopy, of these compounds and their isomerism is addressed to provide a deeper understanding of their behavior and reactivity.

The textbook also includes a historical account on the development of this chemistry from the early beginnings and a critical discussion on the nomenclature of NHCs and their complexes. Current and future directions involving newer types of NHCs and selected examples of their applications are highlighted. The intended take-home message of this book is that “NHC chemistry is fun, useful and easy to do.”

The book is intended to be a textbook on the chemistry of NHCs that lecturers can use to teach advanced undergraduate and graduate students. For the newcomer, it will provide an accessible introduction to the field, and for the synthetic chemist it will present useful synthetic tips and tricks, as well as providing guidance about what to look out for in terms of spectroscopic characterizations of these compounds. Selected experiments are also included that could be conducted in practical classes.

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