Homogeneous Catalysis by Cobalt and Manganese Pincer Complexes

Arup Mukherjee, David Milstein

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Homogeneous catalysis of organic transformations by metal complexes has been mostly based on complexes of noble metals. In recent years, tremendous progress has been made in the field of base-metal catalysis, mostly with pincer-type complexes, such as iron, cobalt, nickel, and manganese pincer systems. Particularly impressive is the explosive growth in the catalysis by Mn-based pincer complexes, the first such complexes being reported as recently as 2016. This review covers recent progress in the field of homogeneously catalyzed reactions using pincer-type complexes of cobalt and manganese. Various reactions are described, including acceptorless dehydrogenation, hydrogenation, dehydrogenative coupling, hydrogen borrowing, hydrogen transfer, H-X additions, C-C coupling, alkene polymerization and N2 fixation, including their scope and brief mechanistic comments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11435-11469
Number of pages35
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 7 2018


  • cobalt
  • earth-abundant metal
  • homogenous catalysis
  • manganese
  • pincer ligand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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