The Privileged Pincer-Metal Platform: Coordination Chemistry & Applications

Volume 54 of the series Topics in Organometallic Chemistry pp 307-334


Recent Advances in Alkane Dehydrogenation Catalyzed by Pincer Complexes

  • Akshai KumarAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Email author 
  • , Alan S. GoldmanAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey Email author 

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Olefins are ubiquitous intermediates in the production of fuels and commodity chemicals. Accordingly, the development of methods for the selective dehydrogenation of alkanes to give olefins is a goal with great potential value. Molecular (homogeneous) catalysts appear quite promising in this respect. Great advances have been seen with pincer-ligated catalysts since the mid-1990s, particularly (but not exclusively) with iridium complexes. In this chapter we give an overview of this productive area of research, with emphasis on recent progress.


Alkane functionalization Alkane metathesis Alkylarenes C–H bond activation Dehydrogenation Pincer catalysts