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Controlling ligand binding for tunable and switchable catalysis: cation-modulated hemilability in pincer-crown ether ligands

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Abstract

Methods for in situ reversible control over ligand binding processes at transition metal complexes can enable advances in switchable and tunable catalysis. After a brief overview of different approaches to controlling ligand binding, this Perspective details the development of “pincer-crown ether” ligands that contain a rigid pincer backbone and a hemilabile aza-crown ether unit that enables cation-modulated hemilability. Applications of pincer-crown ether complexes in small molecule activation and catalysis are discussed, culminating in a set of design principles for ligands capable of cation-modulated ligand binding.

Graphical abstract: Controlling ligand binding for tunable and switchable catalysis: cation-modulated hemilability in pincer-crown ether ligands

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The article was received on 13 Jun 2017, accepted on 02 Aug 2017 and first published on 03 Aug 2017


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02156A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 11987-12000
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    Controlling ligand binding for tunable and switchable catalysis: cation-modulated hemilability in pincer-crown ether ligands

    A. J. M. Miller, Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 11987
    DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02156A

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