Pincer Compounds

Pincer Compounds

Chemistry and Applications

1st Edition - April 11, 2018

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  • Editor: David Morales-Morales
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129319
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129326

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Pincer Compounds: Chemistry and Applications offers valuable state-of-the-art coverage highlighting highly active areas of research—from mechanistic work to synthesis and characterization. The book focuses on small molecule activation chemistry (particularly H2 and hydrogenation), earth abundant metals (such as Fe), actinides, carbene-pincers, chiral catalysis, and alternative solvent usage. The book covers the current state of the field, featuring chapters from renowned contributors, covering four continents and ranging from still-active pioneers to new names emerging as creative strong contributors to this fascinating and promising area. Over a decade since the publication of Morales-Morales and Jensen’s The Chemistry of Pincer Compounds (Elsevier 2007), research in this unique area has flourished, finding a plethora of applications in almost every single branch of chemistry—from their traditional application as very robust and active catalysts all the way to potential biological and pharmaceutical applications.

Key Features

  • Describes the chemistry and applications of this important class of organometallic and coordination compounds
  • Includes contributions from global leaders in the field, featuring pioneers in the area as well as emerging experts conducting exciting research on pincer complexes
  • Highlights areas of promising and active research, including small molecule activation, earth abundant metals, and actinide chemistry


Researchers in metal-mediated organic synthesis, homogeneous catalysis, and organometallics. Students in organometallic chemistry

Table of Contents

  • 1. Chiral Pincer Complexes for Asymmetric Reactions
    Jun-ichi Ito and Hisao Nishiyama
    2. Well-defined Iron and Manganese Pincer Catalysts
    Nikolaus Gorgas and Karl Kirchner
    3. The Pincer Complexes of Group 13-15 Elements: Recent Developments
    Libor Dostal and Roman Jambor
    4. Reduction of CO2 Mediated or Catalyzed by Pincer Complexes
    Nathan A. Eberhardt and Hairong Guan
    5. Mechanistic Insights and Computational Prediction of Base Metal Pincer Complexes for Catalytic Hydrogenation and Dehydrogenation Reactions
    Xinzheng Yang and Xiangyang Chen
    6. Hydrogenation and Dehydrogenation Reactions Catalyzed by Iron Pincer Compounds
    Wesley H. Bernskoetter and Nilay Hazari
    7. Actinide Pincer Chemistry: A New Frontier
    Connor S. MacNeil, Tara K.K. Dickie and Paul G. Hayes
    8. Complexes of NHC-Based CEC Pincer Ligands: Structural Diversity and Applications
    Caroline M. Storey, Hans P. Cook and Adrian B. Chaplin
    9. Transition Metal Pincer Complexes With Chiral Imidazoline Donor(s): Synthesis and Asymmetric Catalysis
    Jun-Fang Gong, Xinju Zhu and Mao-Ping Song
    10. Chiral NCN Pincer-Type Catalysts Having Bis(imidazoline)s
    Kengo Hyodo and Shuichi Nakamura
    11. Transition Metal Pincer Complexes with a Central sp3-Hybridized Carbon Atom
    Ola F. Wendt
    12. CCC-NHC Pincer Complexes: Synthesis, Applications, and Catalysis
    Jason A. Denny, Georgette M. Lang and T. Keith Hollis
    13. Metal Pincer Catalysts in Aqueous Media: Approaches With Water as Solvent, Reagent, and Molecular Hydrogen Storage
    Jong-Hoo Choi, Hugo Valdes, Dennis Pingen and Martin H.G. Prechtl
    14. Pincers Based on Dicarboxamide and Dithiocarboxamide Functional Groups
    Pramod Kumar, Sandeep Kaur, Rajeev Gupta and Kristin Bowman-James
    15. Pincer Complexes of Iron and Their Application in Catalysis
    Anu Saini and Michael Findlater
    16. Osmium Complexes With POP Pincer Ligands
    Miguel A. Esteruelas and Montserrat Olivan
    17. Pincer Carbenoid Complexes With Late Transition Metals: Synthesis, Electronic Structure, and Reactivity
    Peng Cui and Vlad M. Iluc
    18. Pincer Iridium and Ruthenium Complexes for Alkane Dehydrogenation
    Huaquan Fang, Guixia Liu and Zheng Huang
    19. Silicon-Based Pincers: Trans Influence and Functionality
    Eduardo Sola
    20. Transition Metal Complexes With Anionic Sulfur-Based Pincer Ligands
    Ivan Castillo
    21. Metalation and Transmetalation Chemistry of Pyridine- and Aryl-Linked Bis-NHC Pincer Ligands
    Matthew Asay
    22. Unsymmetrical Pincer Palladacycles Synthesis and Reactivity
    Gavin Roffe, Sarote Boonseng, Hazel Cox and John Spencer
    23. Benzene-Derived Organometallic Pincer Compounds Bearing Six-Membered Metallacycles and Up
    Lucero Gonzalez-Sebastia´ n, Daniel Canseco-Gonzalez and David Morales-Morales
    24. Chemistry of Mn and Co Pincer Compounds
    Naveen V. Kulkarni and William D. Jones
    25. Selective Deuteration of Organic Compounds Catalyzed by Ruthenium Pincer Complexes
    Basujit Chatterjee and Gunanathan Chidambaram
    26. σ-Organometallic Chemistry With 2,6-Bis(imino)pyridine Ligands: New Pathways to Innovative Pincer Architectures
    Juan Campora, Antonio Rodrıguez-Delgado and Pilar Palma
    27. Use of Pincer Compounds as Metal- Based Receptors for Chemosensing of Relevant Analytes
    Alejandro Dorazco-Gonzalez
    28. Advances in the Design and Application of Redox-Active and Reactive Pincer Ligands for Substrate Activation and Homogeneous Catalysis
    Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt
    29. The Chemistry of Bisphosphomide and 1,2-Phenylenediamine Based PBP Pincer Transition Metal Complexes and Catalytic Applications
    Maravanji S. Balakrishna and Latchupatula Radhakrishna
    30. Ligand-Introduction Synthesis of NCN-Pincer Complexes and their Chemical Properties
    Yasuhiro Uozumi and Go Hamasaka
    31. Pincer Complexes of Gold: An Overview of Synthesis, Reactivity, Photoluminescence, and Biological Applications
    Benoıt Bertrand, Manfred Bochmann, Julio Fernandez-Cestau, and Luca Rocchigiani
    32. Semirigid Pincer-Like SiPSi Ligands: Classical Versus Nonclassical Coordination Modes at Ru, Rh, Ir, and Pt
    Julio Zamora-Moreno and Virginia Montiel-Palma
    33. Conclusions and Personal Comment
    Gerard van Koten


Product details

  • No. of pages: 754
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: April 11, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129319
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129326

About the Editor

David Morales-Morales

David Morales-Morales carried out his B.Sc. (1992) and M.Sc. (1995) studies at the School of Chemistry of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In 1995 he was awarded a scholarship by the Mexican Government to carry out Doctoral studies at the University of Essex (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan R. Dilworth. In 1997, he moved to the “Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory” at the Oxford University (UK), getting his Doctorate in 1998. In the same year Prof. Morales-Morales was offered a posdoctoral position by Prof. Craig. M. Jensen in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, where he carried out research relevant to the development of a new generation of PCP pincer complex and their use in C-H activation and C-C bond formation.

A beneficiary of the National Program for Repatriation of the National Science and Technology Council (CONACyT-México), Prof. Morales-Morales has worked since May 2001 as a researcher at the Instituto de Química-UNAM. His research interests include the chemistry of pincer compounds; the synthesis of phosphorus and sulphur-based compounds and its use as ligands with transition metals; metal-mediated organic synthesis; and mechanistic studies.

Prof. Morales-Morales has published more than 60 papers and a chapter in the book “Modern Coordination Chemistry”, edited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (2002). More recently he has served as editor of the book “The Chemistry of Pincer Compounds” (Elsevier) and he has co-authored a textbook on Organometallic Chemistry, published in Spanish by UNAM. He belongs to chemistry societies in Mexico and the United States. Prof. Morales-Morales has been a visiting professor at the Instituto de Materiales de Aragón-CSIC (Zaragoza, Spain), The Anorganisch-Chemisches Institut der WWU Münster in Germany, and the Metal Mediated Synthesis - Debye Institute at the University of Utretch (Netherlands).

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

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  • MarkoHapke Sun Jul 29 2018

    Excellent reference

    Actual and nice overview on pincer complexes - great follow-up to the 1st edition!