Alkyne activation using bimetallic catalysts

Michael J. Page, D. Barney Walker, Barbara A. Messerle*

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Bimetallic catalysts are capable of activating alkynes to undergo a diverse array of reactions. The unique electronic structure of alkynes enables them to coordinate to two metals in a variety of different arrangements. A number of well-characterised bimetallic complexes have been discovered that utilise the versatile coordination modes of alkynes to enhance the rate of a bimetallic catalysed process. Yet, for many other bimetallic catalyst systems, which have achieved incredible improvements to a reactions rate and selectivity, the mechanism of alkyne activation remains unknown. This chapter summarises the many different approaches that bimetallic catalysts may be utilised to achieve cooperative activation of the alkyne triple bond.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHomo- and heterobimetallic complexes in catalysis
Subtitle of host publicationcooperative catalysis
EditorsPhilippe Kalck
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9783319341842
ISBN (Print)9783319341828
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameTopics in Organometallic Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1436-6002


  • Alkyne activation
  • Bimetallic
  • Catalysis
  • Catalyst
  • Cooperativity


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