Emmanuel B. Patricio-Rangel, Verónica Salazar-Pereda, Omar Cortezano-Arellano, Daniel Mendoza-Espinosa. (2022). Multinuclear mesoionic 1,2,3-triazolylidene complexes: design, synthesis, and applications. Dalton Trans., 51, 2641-2651. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1DT04221A
The chemistry of multinuclear metal complexes bearing by N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands, is an area of fast growing interest in modern organometallic chemistry. In particular, complexes supported by mesoionic (MIC) 1,2,3-triazolylidenes are attracting a great deal attention due to their postulated superior donor capacity compared to classical NHC ligands. Despite the readily available synthetic routes to MIC-based ligand platforms featuring several substitution levels, most of the coordination chemistry of triazolylidenes is still dominated by mononuclear complexes. In this short review article, recent progress on the design and synthesis of multinuclear triazolylidene complexes (ranging from di- to tetranuclear species) is discussed. Special emphasis is placed on their structural features, electronic properties and catalytic applications.