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Issue 3, 2012
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Trace metal impurities in catalysis

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Metal-catalysed transformations are a powerful tool in organic chemistry and the enormous progress, which has been made in the last few decades, was one more time honoured by the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010. Many metal-containing compounds have been applied in carboncarbon and carbon–heteroatom bond formations. However, not every component originally claimed as catalyst turned out to be the active ingredient in the end. Sometimes trace metal impurities were the actual catalytic species. In this tutorial review, we will highlight recent findings in transition metal-catalysed cross-coupling reactions and detail several reports from the past, which illustrate that “trace metal catalysis” is not a newly discovered phenomenon.

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The article was received on 13 Sep 2011 and first published on 04 Jan 2012

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS15249E
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 979-987
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    Trace metal impurities in catalysis

    I. Thomé, A. Nijs and C. Bolm, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 979
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CS15249E

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