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Organometallic frustrated Lewis pair chemistry

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Frustrated Lewis pairs are playing an increasingly important role in organometallic chemistry. Examples are presented and discussed where organometallic systems themselves serve as the Lewis base or Lewis acid components in frustrated Lewis pair chemistry, mostly through their attached functional groups. Activation of dihydrogen takes place easily in many of these systems. This may lead to the generation of novel catalyst systems but also in many cases to the occurrence of specific reactions at the periphery of the organometallic frameworks. Increasingly, FLP reactions are used to carry out functional group conversions in organometallic systems under mild reaction conditions. The limits of typical FLP reactivity are explored with selected organometallic examples, a discussion that points toward new developments, such as the discovery of facile new 1,1-carboboration reactions. Learning more and more about the broad spectrum of frustrated Lewis pair chemistry helps us to find novel reactions and applications.

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The article was received on 27 Jan 2011, accepted on 25 Feb 2011 and first published on 25 Mar 2011

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C1DT10152H
Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 7475-7483

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    Organometallic frustrated Lewis pair chemistry

    G. Erker, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 7475
    DOI: 10.1039/C1DT10152H

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