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Beyond catalysis: N-heterocyclic carbene complexes as components for medicinal, luminescent, and functional materials applications
Mercs, Laszlo; Albrecht, Martin
This tutorial review compiles the advances that have been achieved in using transition metal complexes containing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands as components for materials. Applications of metal carbene complexes in fields different from catalysis are remarkably scarce. During the last few years, promising results have been accomplished in particular by utilizing such complexes as antimicrobial and cytotoxic agents, as photoactive sites in luminescent materials, for self-assembly into liquid crystalline materials and metallasupramolecular structures, and as synthons for molecular switches and conducting polymeric materials. These initial achievements clearly underline the great potential of N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in various fields of materials science. Other funder Swiss National Science Foundation Alfred Werner Foundation ERA-net Chemistry
Keyword(s): Carbene; Metal complexes; Medicinal chemistry; Luminescence; Self-assembly; Electronics; Carbenes (Methylene compounds); Transition metal compounds; Pharmaceutical chemistry
Publication Date:
2012
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): RSC Publishing
File Format(s): other; application/pdf
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