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N-Heterocyclic carbene chemistry of iron: fundamentals and applications

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Abstract

The use of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) in the chemistry of iron is stimulating important new applications of one of the most ubiquitous ligand types in modern organometallic chemistry. A series of reports has shown how the flexible and modifiable stereo-electronic properties of NHC ligands can be combined with iron in a range of oxidation states to create opportunities for studying unique structures, bonding and reactivity. Of particular interest are the roles of iron NHC complexes in: the stabilization of unusual oxidation states and coordination environments; the activation of small molecules; homogeneous catalysis; and bio-mimetic chemistry. Our feature article summarizes the key developments in the field.

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Submitted
22 Dec 2011
Accepted
02 Feb 2012
First published
02 Feb 2012

Chem. Commun., 2012,48, 3579-3589
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Feature Article

N-Heterocyclic carbene chemistry of iron: fundamentals and applications

M. J. Ingleson and R. A. Layfield, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 3579
DOI: 10.1039/C2CC18021A

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