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Ferrocenes: Ligands, Materials and Biomolecules

Ferrocenes: Ligands, Materials and Biomolecules

Petr Stepnicka (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-98565-6

Apr 2008

670 pages



Ferrocene—the prototypical metallocene—is a fascinating molecule. Even though it was first discovered over fifty years ago, research into ferrocene-containing compounds continues apace, largely stimulated by their successful applications in catalysis, materials science and bioorganometallic chemistry. Ferrocene derivatives are now recognised as useful starting materials for the preparation of new organometallic complexes and functional materials, efficient catalyst components, as well as redox-active modifiers to biomolecules.

Ferrocenes: Ligands, Materials and Biomolecules provides the reader with a background overview and describes recent advances in the development and application of ferrocene compounds, including:

  • synthesis and catalytic utilisation of chiral and non-chiral ferrocene ligands
  • ferrocene-based sensors
  • electrooptical materials
  • ferrocene polymers
  • liquid-crystalline materials
  • crystal engineering with ferrocene compounds
  • the bioorganometallic chemistry of ferrocene

Ferrocenes: Ligands, Materials and Biomolecules is an essential guide for anyone working in the fields of organometallic synthesis and catalysis, materials science and bioorganometallic chemistry.




1 Monodentate Ferrocene Donor Ligands (Robert C.J. Atkinson and Nicholas J. Long).

2 The Coordination and Homogeneous Catalytic Chemistry of 1,1'-Bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene and its Chalcogenide Derivatives (Sheau W. Chien and T.S. Andy Hor).

3 Synthesis, Coordination Chemistry and Catalytic Use of dppf Analogs (Thomas J. Colacot and Sébastien Parisel).

4 Other Symmetric 1,1'-Bidentate Ferrocene Ligands (Ulrich Siemeling).

5 1-Functionalised Ferrocene Phosphines: Synthesis, Coordination Chemistry and Catalytic Applications (Petr Stepnicka).

6 Chiral 1,2-Disubstituted Ferrocene Diphosphines for Asymmetric Catalysis (Hans-Ulrich Blaser, Weiping Chen, Francesco Camponovo and Antonio Togni).

7 Synthesis and Catalytic Use of Planar Chiral and Polydentate Ferrocene Donors (Petr Stepnicka and Martin Lamac).


8 Ferrocene Sensors (Simon R. Bayly, Paul D. Beer and George Z. Chen).

9 Ferrocene-Based Electro-Optical Materials (J¨urgen Heck and Markus Dede).

10 Ferrocene-Containing Polymers and Dendrimers (Nicholas J. Long and Konrad Kowalski).

11 Ferrocene-Containing Thermotropic Liquid Crystals (Robert Deschenaux).

12 Crystal Engineering with Ferrocene Compounds (Dario Braga, Marco Curzi, Stefano Luca Giaffreda, Fabrizia Grepioni, Lucia Maini, Anna Pettersen and Marco Polito).

13 The Bioorganometallic Chemistry of Ferrocene (Nils Metzler-Nolte and Mich`ele Salmain).


""Many may find it rewarding to sample a few chapters that are relevant to their main interests or just to get an idea of what can still be done with this 'classic' organometallic molecule."" (Journal of the American Chemical Society, February 4, 2009)

""It will be very useful as a reference source for everyone involved in research in the rapidly developing field of ferrocene chemistry."" (Angewandte Chemie, September 22, 2008 )