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Issue 6, 2010
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Beyond catalysis: N-heterocyclic carbene complexes as components for medicinal, luminescent, and functional materials applications

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Abstract

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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Submitted
21 Dec 2009
First published
17 Mar 2010

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 1903-1912
Article type
Tutorial Review

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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