Stable Carbenes: From ‘Laboratory Curiosities’ to Catalysis Mainstays

Tomislav Rovis, Steven Patrick Nolan

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The past 20 years have witnessed an explosion in research
in the area of stable carbenes. From laboratory curiosities,
they have emerged as a front-line alternative to phosphines in metal
catalysis. The range of reactivity that they enable in organocatalysis,
much of it through their capability to render functional groups
umpolung, is enviable. Of course, their unique properties enable
them to outperform both phosphines and more traditional Lewis
bases in specific transformations. This Cluster assembles leaders in
the field that provide a brief introduction to the unique chemistry afforded
by these species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1188-1189
Number of pages2
Early online date5 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • N-heterocyclic carbenes, organocatalysis, ligands on metal, asymmetric transformation


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