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Beyond catalysis: N-heterocyclic carbene complexes as components for medicinal, luminescent, and functional materials applications

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This tutorial review compiles the advances that have been achieved in using transition metal complexes containing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands as components for materials. Applications of metal carbene complexes in fields different from catalysis are remarkably scarce. During the last few years, promising results have been accomplished in particular by utilizing such complexes as antimicrobial and cytotoxic agents, as photoactive sites in luminescent materials, for self-assembly into liquid crystalline materials and metallosupramolecular structures, and as synthons for molecular switches and conducting polymeric materials. These initial achievements clearly underline the great potential of N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in various fields of materials science.

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The article was received on 21 Dec 2009 and first published on 17 Mar 2010


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B902238B
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 1903-1912
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    Beyond catalysis: N-heterocyclic carbene complexes as components for medicinal, luminescent, and functional materials applications

    L. Mercs and M. Albrecht, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010, 39, 1903
    DOI: 10.1039/B902238B

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