The Jenkins Group published a paper entitled “Exploiting a Dimeric Silver Transmetallating Reagent to Synthesize Macrocyclic Tetracarbene Complexes“in Chemical Science. The paper was also highlighted in the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Chemical Science blog.
The paper, co-authored by Zheng Lu, Alan Cramer and David Jenkins, showcases a general synthetic method to prepare macrocyclic tetracarbenes with first, second and third row transition metals from both sides of the periodic table, using a dimeric silver transmetallating reagent. These silver transmetallation reactions demonstrate a generalized process, wider metal variety, and higher product yields than other typical synthetic methods for preparing polydentate carbene complexes. Their synthetic advance lifts these intriguing compounds out of the realm of curiosities and opens up avenues to their future study and application.
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