Pincer complexes are formed by the binding of a chemical structure to a metal atom with at least one carbon-metal bond. Usually the metal atom has three bonds to a chemical backbone, enclosing the atom like a pincer. The resulting structure protects the metal atom and gives it unique properties. The last decade has witnessed the continuous growth in the development of pincer complexes. These species have passed from being curiosity compounds to chemical chameleons able to perform a wide variety of applications. Their unique metal bound structures provide some of the most active catalysts yet known for organic transformations involving the activation of bonds. The Chemistry of Pincer Compounds details use of pincer compounds including homogeneous catalysis, enantioselective organic transformations, the activation of strong bonds, the biological importance of pincer compounds as potential therapeutic or pharmaceutical agents, dendrimeric and supported materials.

Key Features

* Describes the chemistry and applications of this important class of organometallic and coordination compounds * Covers the areas in which pincer complexes have had an impact * Includes information on more recent and interesting pincer compounds not just those that are well-known


Researchers in metal-mediated organic synthesis, homogeneous catalysis, organometallic chemistry and catalysis. Students studying in the organometallic chemistry field.

Table of Contents

1. Organometallic Pincer Type Complexes: Recent Applications in Synthesis and Catalysis (J. Dupont et al.).
2. Synthesis and Transformation of Allyl- and Allenyl-Metal Species by Pincer-Complex Catalysis(K.J. Szabo).
3. Chiral Pincer Complexes and their Application to Asymmetric Synthesis (C.J. Richards, J.S. Fossey).
4. Desulfurization Catalyzed by Nickel PCP-Pincer Compounds (J. Torres-Nieto, J.J. Garcia).
5. Pincer Systems as Models for the Activation of Strong Bonds: Scope and Mechanism (B. Rybtchinski, David Milstein).
6. 'Pincer'-Carbene Complexes (E. Peris, R.H. Crabtree).
7. Pincer Complexes Derived from Benzimidazolin-2-ylidene Ligands (F. Ekkehardt Hahn, M.C. Jahnke).
8. Pincer Complexes of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes. Potential Uses as Pharmaceuticals (M.J. Panzner et al.).
9. The Chemistry of PCP-Pincer Phosphinite Transition Metal Complexes (D. Morales-Morales).
10. Nitrogen-Based Pincers: a Versatile Platform for Organometallic Chemistry (P. Chase, G. van Koten).
11. S-P-S and S-C-S Pincer Ligands in Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis (N. Mázailles, P. Le Floch).
12. Pincer Ligand Complexes with Unusual Atoms and Molecular Backbones (H.A. Mayera et al.).
13. Rigid PNP Pincer Ligands and their Transition Metal Complexes (O.V. Ozerov).
14. Pincer, Chelate and Spirocyclic Metal Carbene Complexes from Bis(iminophosphorane)methane Ligands (R.G. Cavell).
15. Pincer and Chelate Carbodiphosphorane Complexes of Noble Metals (R.G. Cavell).
16. Hypervalent Organotin, Aluminum, Antimony and Bismuth Y,C,Y-Chelate Complexes (R. Jambor, P. Libor Dostal).
17. Stability of Supported Pincer Complexes-Based Catalysts in Heck Catalysis (


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