The Organometallic Chemistry of N-heterocyclic Carbenes

The Organometallic Chemistry of N-heterocyclic Carbenes (ISBN: 978-1-118-59377-6; 368 pages; February 2017) is the first textbook on N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). It describes various aspects  of these interesting compounds and their transition metal complexes at an entry level suitable for advanced undergraduate students and above.

The book starts with a historical overview on the quest for carbenes and their complexes. Subsequently, unique properties, reactivities and nomenclature of the four classical NHCs derived from imidazoline, imidazole, benzimidazole and 1,2,4-triazole are elaborated. General and historically relevant synthetic aspects for NHCs, their precursors and complexes are then explained. The book continues with coverage on the preparation and characteristics of selected NHC complexes containing the most common metals in this area, i.e. Ni, Pd, Pt, Ag, Cu, Au, Ru, Rh and Ir. The book concludes with an overview and outlook on the development of various non-classical NHCs beyond the four classical types.

Topics covered include:

  • Stabilization, dimerization and decomposition of NHCs
  • Stereoelectronic properties of NHCs and their evaluation
  • Diversity of NHCs
  • Isomers of NHC complexes and their identification
  • NMR spectroscopic signatures of NHC complexes
  • normal, abnormal and mesoionic NHCs

The Organometallic Chemistry of N-heterocyclic Carbenes is an essential resource for all students and researchers interested in this increasingly important and popular field of research.


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