The first N-heterocyclic carbene-ligated coppper complex was made in the 90’s and no more than a decade later, their potential as catalysts was uncovered. As the number of Cu NHC complexes continues to grow, so does the number of catalytic possibilities.
In their Catalysis Science & Technology Mini Review, Researchers, Egbert, Cazin and Nolan from the University of St Andrews have outlined the reactions which benefit from this neat little complex; from hydrosilylations to allylic substitutions and click chemistry.
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Copper N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in catalysis
Jonathan D. Egbert, Catherine S. J. Cazin and Steven P. Nolan