Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Mead, Keith T.

Committee Member

Sygula, Andrzej

Committee Member

Wipf, David O.

Committee Member

Emerson, Joseph P.

Committee Member

Mlsna, Todd E.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access



Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Chemistry


The first stable “free” N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) was isolated in 1991, since then many classes of NHCs were synthesized and isolated. N-heterocyclic carbene ligands have become a common ligand in the synthesis of metal complexes, due to their strong σ-donation with poor πeptor ability. Among all the NHC metal complexes, Hollis group was interested in exploring -NHC pincer complexes. In 2005, Hollis and co-workers synthesized and isolated first achiral -NHC zirconium pincer amido complex and studied its catalytic ability to perform intramolecular hydroamination of aminoalkenes. Later, Hollis group designed and developed new NHCs with a saturated chiral backbone, and used these new ligands to generate a new series of metal complexes. This dissertation is focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of several chiral bi-dentate NHC ligands with varying substituents on the backbone. These NHC ligands were used to synthesize several chiral mono, bis and tris amido -NHC zirconium pincer complexes. Further, transmetallation to cobalt complexes were achieved. Intramolecular hydroamination was measured for several chiral bis and tris amido -NHC pincer zirconium catalysts. Variants of these catalytic systems were generated with differing steric hinderance and electronic structure. The enantioselectivity of these novel new molecules were studied.