Organometallic synthesis and catalysis


Gold(I)-N-Heterocyclic Carbene Synthons in Organometallic Synthesis.

Thomas Scattolin, Giovanni Tonon, Eleonora Botter, Sebastien G. Guillet, Nikolaos V. Tzouras and Steven P. Nolan.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202301961

Chem. Eur. J. 2023,29,  e2023019.


Advances in the Synthesis and Applications of N‑Heterocyclic Carbene Metal Complexes with a Focus on the Weak Base Route.

Thomas Scattolin, Aleksei A. Logvinov, Nikolaos V. Tzouras, Catherine S. J. Cazin and Steven P. Nolan

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.3c00299     

Organometallics 2023, 42, 2692−2730.


Supported gold nanoparticles prepared from NHC-Au complex precursors as reusable heterogeneous catalysts.

Qi-An Huang, Mayu Takaki, Haruno Murayama, Akina Yoshizawa, Eiji Yamamoto, Luong Xuan Dien, Tamao Ishida, Tetsuo Honma, Nikolaos V. Tzouras, Thomas Scattolin, Steven P. Nolan and Makoto Tokunag.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcat.2023.113460

Molecular Catalysis 549 (2023) 113460.


From Au11 to Au13: Tailored Synthesis of Superatomic Di-NHC/PPh3‑Stabilized Molecular Gold Nanoclusters.

Matteo Bevilacqua, Marco Roverso, Sara Bogialli, Claudia Graiff and Andrea Biffis.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.2c03331

Inorg. Chem. 2023, 62, 1383−1393


Gold(I)-Catalyzed Direct Alkyne Hydroarylation in Ionic Liquids: Mechanistic Insights.

Sara Bonfante, Pietro Bax, Marco Baron and Andrea Biffis.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.3390/catal13050822

Catalysts 2023, 13, 822.


(CAAC)Pd(py) Catalysts Disproportionate to Pd(CAAC)2.

Nicola Marigo, Bernd Morgenstern, Andrea Biffis and Dominik Munz.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.3c00150

Organometallics 2023, 42, 1567−1572


Bis(N-Heterocyclic Carbene) Manganese(I) Complexes in Catalytic N-Formylation/N-Methylation of Amines Using Carbon Dioxide and Phenylsilane.

Chiara Masaro, Giammarco Meloni, Marco Baron, Claudia Graiff, Cristina Tubaro and Beatriz Royo.

DOI          https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202302273

Chem. Eur. J. 2023, e202302273.


Exploring the Coordination Properties of Phosphonium-Functionalized N-Heterocyclic Carbenes Towards Gold.

Riccardo De Marco, Valerio Giuso, Thierry Achard, Marzio Rancan, Marco Baron, Lidia Armelao, Matteo Mauro, Stéphane Bellemin-Laponnaz and Cristina Tubaro.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.202300184

Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2023, 26, e202300184


Insights on the Anion Effect in N-heterocyclic Carbene Based Dinuclear Gold(I) Catalysts.

Filippo Campagnolo, Matteo Bevilacqua, Marco Baron, Cristina Tubaro, Andrea Biffis and Daniele Zuccaccia.

DOI          https://doi.org/10.1002/cplu.202300421

ChemPlusChem 2023, e202300421 (Part of a Special Collection on Gold Chemistry).

(Early view)


Manganese(III) complexes with tetradentate O^C^C^O ligands: Synthesis, characterization and catalytic studies on the CO2 cycloaddition with epoxides.

Giammarco Meloni, Luca Beghetto, Marco Baron, Andrea Biffis, Paolo Sgarbossa, Miriam Mba, Paolo Centomo, Laura Orian, Claudia Graiff, Cristina Tubaro.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcat.2023.113006

Molecular Catalysis 538 (2023) 113006.


Coordination Chemistry of Ir with Chelating Ligands Containing a Xanthine-Derived, Protic N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Moiety.

Matteo Bevilacqua, Valerio Giuso, Marzio Rancan, Lidia Armelao, Claudia Graiff, Walter Baratta, Valerio Di Marco and Andrea Biffis.

DOI          https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.202200484

Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2022, e202200484.


Evaluation of Heteroleptic Pt(II)-Diketonate Complexes as Precatalysts for the Photoactivated Curing of Silicone Resins.

Maria Moro, Paolo Zardi, Massimo Rossi and Andrea Biffis.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12030307

Catalysts 2022, 12, 307.  


Solvent Coordination Effect on Copper-Based Molecular Catalysts for Controlled Radical Polymerization.

Stefano Racioppi, Laura Orian, Cristina Tubaro, Armando Gennaro and Abdirisak Ahmed Isse.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12121656        

Catalysts 2022, 12, 1656.


Electrochemical Investigation of Iron-Catalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization.

Gianluca Gazzola, Sebastiano Pasinato, Marco Fantin, Niccolò Braidi, Cristina Tubaro, Christian Durante and Abdirisak Ahmed Isse.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules27196312

Molecules 2022, 27, 6312.


Silver(I) and gold(I) complexes with bitriazole-based N-heterocyclic carbene ligand: Solid state features and behaviour in solution.

Andrea Longhi, Marco Baron, Marzio Rancan, Gregorio Bottaro, Laura Orian, Claudia Graiff, Marco Roverso, Ileana Menegazzo, Lidia Armelao, Sara Bogialli, Cristina Tubaro.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1002/aoc.6764

Appl Organomet. Chem. 2022, e6764.


Dinuclear gold(I) Complexes with Bidentate NHC Ligands as Precursors for Alkynyl Complexes via Mechanochemistry.

Valentina Stoppa, Edoardo Battistel, Marco Baron, Paolo Sgarbossa, Andrea Biffis, Gregorio Bottaro, Lidia Armelao and Cristina Tubaro.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules27134317

Molecules 2022, 27, 4317.


Synthesis of Carbene-Metal-Amido (CMA) Complexes and Their Use as Precatalysts for the Activator-Free, Gold-Catalyzed Addition of Carboxylic Acids to Alkynes.

Ishfaq Ibni Hashim, Nikolaos V. Tzouras, Wim Janssens, Thomas Scattolin, Laurens Bourda, Subhrajyoti Bhandary, Kristof Van Hecke, Steven P. Nolan and Catherine S. J. Cazin.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202201224

Chem. Eur. J. 2022, 28, e202201224. This publication is part of a Special Collection with all Chemistry Europe journals on the “International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis”. Dedicated to Professor Guy Bertrandon his 70th birthday.


Flow chemistry of main group and transition metal complexes.

Thomas Scattolin, Andreas Simoens, Christian V. Stevens and Steven P. Nolan.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trechm.2022.04.001


Continuous Flow Synthesis of Sulfur- and Selenium- NHC Compounds (NHC=N-Heterocyclic Carbene).

Thibault Cauwenbergh, Thomas Scattolin, Andreas Simoens, Nikolaos V. Tzouras, Christian V. Stevens and Steven P. Nolan.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.1002/ejoc.202101296

Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2022, 15–20.


A Simple Synthetic Route to Well-Defined [Pd(NHC)Cl(1-tBu-indenyl)] Pre-catalysts for Cross-Coupling Reactions.

Yaxu Liu, Thomas Scattolin, Alberto Gobbo, Marek Beliš, Kristof Van Hecke, Steven P. Nolan and Catherine S. J. Cazin.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.202100840

Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2022, e202100840. Part of the joint “International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis” Special Collection with all Chemistry Europe journal.


Straightforward synthesis of [Cu(NHC)(alkynyl)] and [Cu(NHC)(thiolato)] complexes (NHC = N-heterocyclic carbene).

Ishfaq Ibni Hashim, Thomas Scattolin, Nikolaos V. Tzouras, Laurens Bourda, Kristof Van Hecke, Ida Ritacco, Lucia Caporaso, Luigi Cavallo, Steven P. Nolan and Catherine S. J. Cazin.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1039/d1dt03710b

Dalton Trans., 2022, 51, 231–240.


Microgels as Soluble Scaffolds for the Preparation of Noble Metal Nanoparticles Supported on Nanostructured Metal Oxides.

Roberto Vescovo, Maximilian Becker, Marta Maria Natile, Patrizia Canton, Claudio Evangelisti and Andrea Biffis.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c01459

ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2021, 4, 8343−8351.


Quantitative Selection of the Axially Chiral Conformation in a Flexible Dinuclear Gold(I) di(N‑Heterocyclic Carbene) Complex via Chlorine Oxidative Addition.

Marco Baron, Marzio Rancan, Lidia Armelao, Cristina Tubaro.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1007/s1087 0-020-00840-7

Journal of Chemical Crystallography (2021) 51:175–182.


Gold(I) complexes with multifunctional phosphane ligands: Synthesis and catalysis.

Andrea Biffis, Marco Baron, Cristina Tubaro, Marzio Rancan, Lidia Armelao, Anatoliy Marchenko, Georgyi Koidan, Anastasiia N. Hurieva and Aleksandr Kostyuk.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2020.120218

Inorganica Chimica Acta 517 (2021) 120218


Mononuclear and dinuclear gold(I) complexes with a caffeine-based di(N-heterocyclic carbene) ligand: synthesis, reactivity and structural DFT analysis.

Valentina Stoppa, Thomas Scattolin, Matteo Bevilacqua, Marco Baron, Claudia Graiff, Laura Orian, Andrea Biffis, Ileana Menegazzo, Marco Roverso, Sara Bogialli, Fabiano Visentin and Cristina Tubaro.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1039/d0nj05906d

New J. Chem., 2021, 45, 961


Continuous Flow Synthesis of [Au(NHC)(Aryl)](NHC=N-HeterocyclicCarbene) Complexes.

Thibault Cauwenbergh, Nikolaos V.  Tzouras, Thomas Scattolin, Subhrajyoti Bhandary, Andreas Simoens, Kristof Van Hecke, Christian V. Stevens and Steven P. Nolan.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202102379

Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 13342–13345.


Synthesis and catalytic activity of palladium complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) and 1,4,7-triaza-9-phosphatricyclo[5.3.2.1]tridecane (CAP) ligands.

Thomas Scattolin, Vladislav A. Voloshkin, Ekaterina Martynova, Sofie M. P. Vanden Broeck, Marek Beliš, Catherine S. J. Cazin and Steven P. Nolan.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1039/d1dt01716k

Dalton Trans., 2021, 50, 9491.


N-Heterocyclic carbene complexes enabling the α-arylation of carbonyl compounds.

Sylwia Ostrowska, Thomas Scattolin and Steven P. Nolan.

DOI         https://doi.org/10.1039/d1cc00913c

Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 4354.


Conversion of Pd(I) off-cycle species into highly efficient cross-coupling catalysts.

Yaxu Liu, Vladislav A. Voloshkin, Thomas Scattolin, Luigi Cavallo, Busra Dereli, Catherine S. J. Cazin and Steven P. Nolan.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1039/D1DT00929J

Dalton Trans., 2021, 50, 5420


Continuous Flow Synthesis of Metal–NHC Complexes.

Andreas Simoens, Thomas Scattolin, Thibault Cauwenbergh, Gianmarco Pisanò, Catherine S. J. Cazin, Christian V. Stevens and Steven P. Nolan.

DOI        https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202100190

Chem. Eur. J. 2021,27,5653 –5657.