Pincer Compounds: Chemistry and Applications

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David Morales-Morales
Elsevier, Apr 11, 2018 - Science - 754 pages

Pincer Compounds: Chemistry and Applications offers valuable state-of-the-art coverage highlighting highly active areas of research—from mechanistic work to synthesis and characterization. The book focuses on small molecule activation chemistry (particularly H2 and hydrogenation), earth abundant metals (such as Fe), actinides, carbene-pincers, chiral catalysis, and alternative solvent usage. The book covers the current state of the field, featuring chapters from renowned contributors, covering four continents and ranging from still-active pioneers to new names emerging as creative strong contributors to this fascinating and promising area.

Over a decade since the publication of Morales-Morales and Jensen’s The Chemistry of Pincer Compounds (Elsevier 2007), research in this unique area has flourished, finding a plethora of applications in almost every single branch of chemistry—from their traditional application as very robust and active catalysts all the way to potential biological and pharmaceutical applications.

  • Describes the chemistry and applications of this important class of organometallic and coordination compounds
  • Includes contributions from global leaders in the field, featuring pioneers in the area as well as emerging experts conducting exciting research on pincer complexes
  • Highlights areas of promising and active research, including small molecule activation, earth abundant metals, and actinide chemistry


1 Chiral Pincer Complexes for Asymmetric Reactions
2 Welldefined Iron and Manganese Pincer Catalysts
Recent Developments
4 Reduction of CO2 Mediated or Catalyzed by Pincer Complexes
5 Mechanistic Insights and Computational Prediction of Base Metal Pincer Complexes for Catalytic Hydrogenation and Dehydrog
6 Hydrogenation and Dehydrogenation Reactions Catalyzed by Iron Pincer Compounds
A New Frontier
Structural Diversity and Applications
Trans Influence and Functionality
20 Transition Metal Complexes With Anionic SulfurBased Pincer Ligands
21 Metalation and Transmetalation Chemistry of Pyridine and ArylLinked BisNHC Pincer Ligands
22 Unsymmetrical Pincer Palladacycles Synthesis and Reactivity
23 BenzeneDerived Organometallic Pincer Compounds Bearing SixMembered Metallacycles and Up
24 Chemistry of Mn and Co Pincer Compounds
25 Selective Deuteration of Organic Compounds Catalyzed by Ruthenium Pincer Complexes
New Pathways to Innovative Pincer Architectures

Synthesis and Asymmetric Catalysis
10 Chiral NCN PincerType Catalysts Having Bisimidazolines
11 Transition Metal Pincer Complexes with a Central sp3Hybridized Carbon Atom
Synthesis Applications and Catalysis
Approaches With Water as Solvent Reagent and Molecular Hydrogen Storage
14 Pincers Based on Dicarboxamide and Dithiocarboxamide Functional Groups
15 Pincer Complexes of Iron and Their Application in Catalysis
16 Osmium Complexes With POP Pincer Ligands
Synthesis Electronic Structure and Reactivity
18 Pincer Iridium and Ruthenium Complexes for Alkane Dehydrogenation
27 Use of Pincer Compounds as MetalBased Receptors for Chemosensing of Relevant Analytes
28 Advances in the Design and Application of RedoxActive and Reactive Pincer Ligands for Substrate Activation and Homogene
29 The Chemistry of Bisphosphomide and 12Phenylenediamine Based PBP Pincer Transition Metal Complexes and Catalytic Appli
30 LigandIntroduction Synthesis of NCNPincer Complexes and their Chemical Properties
An Overview of Synthesis Reactivity Photoluminescence and Biological Applications
Classical Versus Nonclassical Coordination Modes at Ru Rh Ir and Pt
33 Conclusions and Personal Comment
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David Morales-Morales carried out his B.Sc. (1992) and M.Sc. (1995) studies at the School of Chemistry of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In 1995 he was awarded a scholarship by the Mexican Government to carry out Doctoral studies at the University of Essex (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan R. Dilworth. In 1997, he moved to the “Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at the Oxford University (UK), getting his Doctorate in 1998. In the same year Prof. Morales-Morales was offered a posdoctoral position by Prof. Craig. M. Jensen in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, where he carried out research relevant to the development of a new generation of PCP pincer complex and their use in C-H activation and C-C bond formation. A beneficiary of the National Program for Repatriation of the National Science and Technology Council (CONACyT-México), Prof. Morales-Morales has worked since May 2001 as a researcher at the Instituto de Química-UNAM. His research interests include the chemistry of pincer compounds; the synthesis of phosphorus and sulphur-based compounds and its use as ligands with transition metals; metal-mediated organic synthesis; and mechanistic studies. Prof. Morales-Morales has published more than 60 papers and a chapter in the book “Modern Coordination Chemistry, edited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (2002). More recently he has served as editor of the book “The Chemistry of Pincer Compounds (Elsevier) and he has co-authored a textbook on Organometallic Chemistry, published in Spanish by UNAM. He belongs to chemistry societies in Mexico and the United States. Prof. Morales-Morales has been a visiting professor at the Instituto de Materiales de Aragón-CSIC (Zaragoza, Spain), The Anorganisch-Chemisches Institut der WWU Münster in Germany, and the Metal Mediated Synthesis - Debye Institute at the University of Utretch (Netherlands).

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