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Recent advances in the chemistry and applications of N-heterocyclic carbenes

P. Bellotti, M. Koy, M. N. Hopkinson,* F. Glorius* – 2021

N-Heterocyclic carbenes — despite being isolated and characterised three decades ago — still capture scientists’ interest as versatile, modular and strongly-coordinating moieties. In the last decade — driven by the increasingly refined fundamental understanding of their behaviour, the emergence of new carbene frameworks and cogent sustainability issues — NHCs have experienced a tremendous increase in utilisation across several disparate fields. In this review, a concise overview of N-heterocyclic carbenes encompassing their history, properties and applications in transition metal catalysis, main-group chemistry, on-surface chemistry and organocatalysis is provided. Emphasis is placed on developments emerging in the last six years and on envisaging future directions.

Title
38. Recent advances in the chemistry and applications of N-heterocyclic carbenes
Author
P. Bellotti, M. Koy, M. N. Hopkinson,* F. Glorius*
Publisher
Springer Nature
Date
2021
Identifier
DOI: 10.1038/s41570-021-00321-1
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Citation
Nat. Rev. Chem. 2021, DOI: 10.1038/s41570-021-00321-1.
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