Themed collection Earth Abundant Metals in Catalysis
Earth-abundant 3d-transition-metal catalysts for lignocellulosic biomass conversion
Transformation of biomass to chemicals and fuels is a long-term goal in both science and industry. Here, we review the fast development and recent advances of 3d-metal-based catalysts including Cu, Fe, Co, Ni and Mn in lignocellulosic biomass conversion.
Organic synthesis with the most abundant transition metal–iron: from rust to multitasking catalysts
The promising aspects of iron in synthetic chemistry are being explored for three-four decades as a green and eco-friendly alternative to late transition metals. This present review unveils these rich iron-chemistry towards different transformations.
Biological concepts for catalysis and reactivity: empowering bioinspiration
This review provides insights on how enzymatic reactivity tricks such as redox-active ligands, entatic state reactivity, electron bifurcation, and quantum tunneling can benefit chemists in the design of bioinspired catalytic systems.
Iron and cobalt catalysis: new perspectives in synthetic radical chemistry
Iron and cobalt complexes are at the origin of high valuable synthetic pathways involving radical intemediates.
C–C and C–X coupling reactions of unactivated alkyl electrophiles using copper catalysis
Copper catalysts enable cross-coupling reactions of unactivated alkyl electrophiles to generate C–C and C–X bonds.
Titanium catalysis for the synthesis of fine chemicals – development and trends
Atlas as a Titan(ium) is holding the earth-abundant chemistry world. Titanium is the second most abundant transition metal, is a key player in important industrial processes (e.g. polyethylene) and shows much promise for diverse applications in the future.
Molecular catalysis of CO2 reduction: recent advances and perspectives in electrochemical and light-driven processes with selected Fe, Ni and Co aza macrocyclic and polypyridine complexes
Recent developments in (photo)electrochemical CO2 reduction combining Fe, Ni, and Co molecular complexes and (semi)conductive materials have led to high catalytic performances.
Iron catalysts with N-ligands for carbene transfer of diazo reagents
This review provides an overview of the catalytic activity of iron complexes of nitrogen ligands in driving carbene transfers towards CC, C–H and X–H bonds. The reactivity of diazo reagents is discussed as well as the proposed reaction mechanisms.
Photophysics and photochemistry with Earth-abundant metals – fundamentals and concepts
This review summarizes fundamental challenges and recent advances in the design of photoactive and luminescent mononuclear transition metal complexes with Earth-abundant metal ions as sustainable alternatives to precious metal ions.
About this collection
We are delighted to present this Themed Collection on earth abundant metals in catalysis, Guest Edited by Louise Berben (University of California, Davis, USA) and Bas de Bruin (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) The collection focuses on all aspects of catalysis and electrocatalysis, spanning homogeneous catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis, with the aim to represent science worldwide.