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Copper N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in catalysis

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Abstract

N-Heterocyclic carbene ligated copper complexes act as catalysts in a variety of reactions. A brief overview of this rich chemistry is given here. Of particular note is the ability of Cu(NHC) complexes to functionalize carbonyls, alkenes and alkynes. With growth in the number of Cu(NHC) derived complexes, the catalytic possibilities involving these complexes are ever growing. We feel the full potential of these (for the most part) simply accessed complexes has yet to be fully achieved. The litany of reactions which Cu(NHC) catalyst facilitate are outlined here.

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Submitted
25 Nov 2012
Accepted
21 Dec 2012
First published
17 Jan 2013

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013,3, 912-926
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Minireview

Copper N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in catalysis

J. D. Egbert, C. S. J. Cazin and S. P. Nolan, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013, 3, 912
DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20816D

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