A new class of PN3-pincer ligands for metal–ligand cooperative catalysis

Huaifeng Li, Bin Zheng, Kuo-Wei Huang

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Work on a new class of PN3-pincer ligands for metal-ligand cooperative catalysis is reviewed. While the field of the pyridine-based PN3-transition metal pincer complexes is still relatively young, many important applications of these complexes have already emerged. In several cases, the PN3-pincer complexes for metal-ligand cooperative catalysis result in significantly improved or unprecedented activities. The synthesis and coordination chemistry of PN3-pincer ligands are briefly summarized first to cover the synthetic routes for their preparation, followed by a focus review on their applications in catalysis. A specific emphasis is placed on the later section about the role of PN3-pincer ligands' dearomatization-rearomatization steps during the catalytic cycles. The mechanistic insights from density functional theory (DFT) calculations are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-138
Number of pages23
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
StatePublished - Dec 6 2014

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  • General Chemistry


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