The chemistry of N-heterocyclic carbene complexes dates back to almost a century ago, even though a scientific analysis of their geometries and chemical properties started in mid. 1950s. Since the seminal work of Arduengo in 1991 on the generation of stable and free NHCs, there has been renaissance in the field of carbene chemistry that led to the discovery of important metal-carbene complexes with a wide range of applications. NHC ligands are stable, relatively easy to prepare and metal-NHC bonds are strong. Furthermore, electronic and steric properties in NHCs are easily tuned by the modification of heteroatom substituents. Because of these fundamental properties they are highly popular among coordination and organometallic chemists. A research project in our group deals with the preparation of new variations of NHC ligands and study of their metal complexation, in particular with late transition metals. Students interested in this fascinating filed of research are encouraged to have a look at the following references to gain a general idea about NHC chemistry. 1. https://www.nature.com/articles/nature13384 2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0010854508001203 3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cr4006439 4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.chemrev.8b00067 5. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.chemrev.8b00791
My group is interested in the design, synthesis, and applications of Inorganic and organometallic complexes based on transition metal elements. Other than learning basics of synthesis of organic molecules and metal complexes relevant to our research interests, group members utilize a broad range of synthetic and characterization techniques including multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, ultraviolet & infrared spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography.
N-Heterocyclic carbene chemistry; Gold(I) phosphine chemistry; Cu, Ag and Au(I)-NHC chemistry; NMR spectroscopy; Crystallization techniques; Single crystal X-ray crystallography; Catalysis
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