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Carbene-stabilized main group radicals and radical ions

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Abstract

Shortly after their discovery at the end of the 80s, stable singlet carbenes have been recognized as excellent ligands for transition metal based catalysts, and as organo-catalysts in their own right. At the end of the 2000s, it has been shown that they can coordinate main group elements in their zero oxidation state, and even activate small molecules. This review covers examples in the literature dealing with the most recent application of stable singlet carbenes, namely their use to stabilize radicals and radical ions that are otherwise unstable.

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The article was received on 30 Apr 2013, accepted on 21 May 2013 and first published on 21 May 2013


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51174J
Chem. Sci., 2013,4, 3020-3030

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    Carbene-stabilized main group radicals and radical ions

    C. D. Martin, M. Soleilhavoup and G. Bertrand, Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 3020
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51174J

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