N-Heterocyclic Carbenes in Transition Metal Catalysis

Volume 21 of the series Topics in Organometallic Chemistry pp 1-20


N-Heterocyclic Carbenes in Catalysis—An Introduction

  • Frank GloriusAffiliated withFachbereich Chemie, Philipps-Universität

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N-Heterocyclic carbene (NHC) has become a major ligand class and has proven to be more than just a “phosphine mimic”. Some important features like electronic and steric properties are discussed and typical examples of NHC are given herein.


Catalysis Cross-coupling reaction Electronic properties Metathesis N-heterocyclic carbene Topology