Heterofunctionalization catalysis with organometallic complexes of calcium, strontium and barium

Anthony G M Barrett, Mark R Crimmin, Michael S Hill, Panayiotis A Procopiou

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Despite the routine employment of Grignard reagents and Hauser bases as stoichiometric carbanion reagents in organic and inorganic synthesis, a defined reaction chemistry encompassing the heavier elements of Group II (M=Ca, Sr and Ba) has, until recently, remained unreported. This article provides details of the recent progress in heavier Group II catalysed small molecule transformations mediated by well-defined heteroleptic and homoleptic complexes of the form LMX or MX2; where L is a mono-anionic ligand and X is a reactive s-bonded substituent. The intra-and intermolecular heterofunctionalization (hydroamination, hydrophosphination, hydrosilylation and hydrogenation) of alkenes, alkynes, dienes, carbodiimides, isocyanates and ketones is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-963
Number of pages37
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A - Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2116
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2010


  • calcium
  • acetylene
  • synthesis (chemical)
  • barium compounds
  • calcium alloys
  • dyes
  • catalysis
  • organometallics
  • barium
  • olefins
  • hydrosilylation
  • strontium
  • ketones


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