Homogeneous catalysis with organometallic complexes of group 2

M.R. Crimmin, M.S. Hill

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This chapter provides details of the recent progress in heavier Group 2-catalyzed small molecule transformations mediated by well-defined heteroleptic and homoleptic complexes of the form LMX or MX2, where L is a monoanionic ligand and X is a reactive σ-bonded substituent and M = Mg, Ca, Sr, and Ba. The intra- and intermolecular heterofunctionalization (hydroamination, hydrophosphination, hydrosilylation, hydroboration, hydrogenation, and hydroacetylation) of alkenes, alkynes, dienes, carbodiimides, isocyanates, pyridines, quinolines, and ketones is discussed, along with the dimerization of aldehydes, the trimerization of isocyanates, and the dehydrogenation of amine-boranes and the dehydrogenative coupling of amines with silanes. While studies in this field have focused largely on biocompatible and inexpensive catalysts of calcium and the heavier elements, the field has renewed interest in the chemistry of organomagnesium complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlkaline-Earth Metal Compounds
Subtitle of host publicationOddities and Applications
EditorsSjoerd Harder
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages52
ISBN (Print)9783642362699
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameTopics in Organometallic Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1436-6002


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