Corannulene meets N-heterocyclic carbenes
Ezzah Mohamed Muzammil
Date of Issue2019-01-22
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Inspired by the pioneering work of Arduengo et. al and Barth and Lawton, this thesis describes the synthetic strategies attempted and successfully utilised to synthesise novel corannulene-based imidazolium salts preceding N-heterocyclic carbenes. Amalgamation of the unique characteristics corannulene and well-known chemistry of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) may lead to a league of NHC ligands with three-dimensional stabilisation and extended aromatic π-conjugation. As compared to known planar polycylic aromatics (PAH)s, these properties provide a wider field in NHCs and thus, carbene chemistry as well. These favourable characteristics mentioned in this thesis may hopefully encourage organometallic chemists to consider studying the behaviour of corannulene-based NHCs because of the unprecedented chemistry corannulene has over any other known PAHs.
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