Special Issue "Metal Dithiocarbamate Complexes: Versatile Ligands in Coordination Chemistry with Applications in Medicine, Materials Science, and Beyond"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Coordination Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Graeme Hogarth
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Department of Chemistry, King’s College London, 7 Trinity Street, London, SE1 1DB, UK
Interests: binuclear complexes; cluster chemistry; homogeneous catalysis; metals in medicine; hydrogenase biomimetics; dithiocarbamates; single source precursors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Dithiocarbamates (R2NCS2) have been known for approximately 150 years and have applications in areas as diverse as medicine, agriculture, biological imaging, and materials science. They are extremely versatile ligands, forming stable complexes with all of the transition metals, along with the lanthanides, the actinides, and a majority of the p-block elements, while their ability to adopt resonance hybrids allows for the stabilization of metals in both high and low oxidation states. Over the past decade, the development of dithiocarbamate chemistry has continued unabated with applications in areas including single-source precursors to nanoscale metal sulfides, co-ligands in a range of novel inorganic drugs, capping agents for nano-engineered surfaces and other nanomaterials including quantum dots, and the rational construction of well-defined complex molecular structures. The ever-increasing necessity to develop so-called Green Chemistry also plays into the hands of dithiocarbamate ligands as they are rapidly produced in high yields at room temperature from cheap and readily available primary and secondary amines, reactions often carried out in water and with 100% atom efficiency. In this Special Issue of Inorganics, we seek to bring together a diverse range of research on dithiocarbamate chemistry to highlight their continuing relevance, applicability, and versatility. All aspects of dithiocarbamate chemistry will be considered together with those of related ligands, such as xanthates and other dithiolates.

Dithiocarbamates are simple but highly versatile ligands that have played a major role in the development of transition metal chemistry and materials science over the past 150 years. They remain of great interest, a SciFinder© search showing that, over the past 20 years, approximately 15,000 publications have focused on this area. In this Special Issue of Inorganics, we hope to showcase recent advances in the wide-ranging coordination chemistry, materials science, and other applications of dithiocarbamates. In putting together a list of potential contributors, I have selected you on the basis of your previous outstanding contributions to this area and it gives me great pleasure to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue.

If you are interested in participating in this Special Issue, we would appreciate it if you would be so kind as to inform us of your intentions and send us a tentative title for your prospective contribution if you have one at this time.

Dr. Graeme Hogarth
Guest Editor

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  • dithiocarbamate
  • versatile ligands
  • single-source precursors
  • materials chemistry
  • variable oxidation states

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A Structural Survey of Poly-Functional Dithiocarbamate Ligands and the Aggregation Patterns They Sustain
Inorganics 2021, 9(1), 7; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/inorganics9010007 - 15 Jan 2021
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An overview is presented of the crystal structures of transition metal, main group element, and lanthanide compounds containing poly-functional dithiocarbamate ligands, namely species containing two or more connected NCS2 residues. In all, there are 40 different ligands of this type that [...] Read more.
An overview is presented of the crystal structures of transition metal, main group element, and lanthanide compounds containing poly-functional dithiocarbamate ligands, namely species containing two or more connected NCS2 residues. In all, there are 40 different ligands of this type that have been characterised crystallographically in their heavy-element compounds with up to six NCS2 residues; all are bridging. In most cases, the resulting aggregates are zero-dimensional, often di-nuclear, but aggregates of up to 36 metal (gold) atoms are noted. There are smaller numbers of one-, two-, and three-dimensional architectures sustained by poly-functional dithiocarbamate ligands in their respective crystals. The survey highlights the opportunities afforded by this generally under-studied class of ligand. Full article
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