Review Study of Chiral N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Ligands in Stereoselective Metal-Catalyzed Reduction Reactions

  • Mohamed Mostafa Chemistry Department, Science Faculty, Tobruk University, Tobruk, Libya
  • Salaheddin Sharif Chemistry Department, Art and Science Faculty, Benghazi University, Ghemines, Libya.
Keywords: N-Heterocyclic Carbene, Asymmetric Catalysis, Stereoselective hydrogenation of olefins, Stereoselective hydrosilylation of olefins, Transfer hydrogenation of ketones.


Stereoselective metal-catalyzed reactions using N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands have shown significant recent advances, due to the ability of NHC ligands as strong σ-donor species to coordinate with a wide variety of transition metals. Therefore, the design of new ligands and the subsequent strategies for their synthesis enables new applications of their metal complexes in catalysis to be investigated. This work focuses on the applications of different classes of Ir-, Pd-, Au- and Rh-NHC ligand complexes as promising catalysts in the asymmetric hydrogenation, hydrosilylation and transfer hydrogenation reactions.

Author Biographies

Mohamed Mostafa, Chemistry Department, Science Faculty, Tobruk University, Tobruk, Libya



Salaheddin Sharif , Chemistry Department, Art and Science Faculty, Benghazi University, Ghemines, Libya.





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How to Cite
Mostafa, M. and Sharif , S. 2022. Review Study of Chiral N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Ligands in Stereoselective Metal-Catalyzed Reduction Reactions. Scientific Journal for the Faculty of Science-Sirte University. 2, 1 (Apr. 2022), 116-125. DOI: