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Frustrated Lewis pairs: Design and reactivity

Mukberjee, Sanjoy and Thilagar, Pakkirisamy (2015) Frustrated Lewis pairs: Design and reactivity. In: JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL SCIENCES, 127 (2, SI). pp. 241-255.

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The interaction of a Lewis acid with a Lewis base results in the formation of a Lewis acid base adduct. Understanding Lewis acids and bases is central to conceptualizing chemical interactions and constitutes a major portion of metal ligand chemistry. Sterically encumbered/constrained Lewis pairs cannot form acid-base adducts, but such `Frustrated Lewis Pairs' (FLPs), with their unquenched electronic demands can be elegantly used to simultaneously react with a third species, resulting in unusual reactivity of small molecules. Such unusual reactions, explored only in the last few years, have found several applications, e.g., heterolytic splitting of H-2, activation of small molecules (CO2, N2O, etc.). FLPs have opened new opportunities in synthetic chemistry, covering organic, main group as well as transition metal chemistry. The design strategies adopted for FLP systems and their unique reactivity are discussed here.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, C V RAMAN AVENUE, SADASHIVANAGAR, P B #8005, BANGALORE 560 080, INDIA
Keywords: Lewis acids; lewis bases; frustrated lewis pairs; catalysis; small-molecule activation; boranes; phosphines
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
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Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 04:56
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2015 04:56
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51450

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