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N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Ligands

NHC (N-heterocyclic carbenes) have evolved to become universal ligands for the rapid synthesis of novel organometallic complexes.1 In particular, NHC ligands have practical use when bound to metals that display high catalytic activity in related organophosphane metal coordination chemistry.2-4 Heterocyclic carbenes are a useful class of ligands due to several attractive features, including the following: 1) facile tuning of the electronics and/or sterics of a metal catalyst system; 2) ease of synthetic preparation from conveniently available starting materials; and 3) strong binding to the metal thus creating a highly productive catalyst. We offer a diverse array of NHC ligands that have been successfully applied in reactions ranging from amination5 to C–C bond formation6 to hydrosilylation.7

Product Highlights

  • Mediate an incredible breadth of transformations
  • Provide robust stability to the metal center
  • More active in many reactions than the related phosphine catalysts
  • Readily modified to incorporate chirality, immobilization, and water solubility
N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Ligands Scheme 1

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N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Ligands Scheme 2

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N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Ligands Scheme 3

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