Mikhailine, Alexandre A. Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Morris, Robert H. Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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The industrial chemistry of the modern world is following a general trend of becoming more sustainable, economical, and environmentally friendly. Improvements in the field of catalysis are contributing to this trend. Typical catalytic processes that operate in a laboratory or industry utilize precious metals that are toxic, expensive, and rare. To solve this problem, chemists have been developing catalysts based on enzymes, organic molecules, main-group elements, and soluble complexes of the more abundant transition metals. Recently, soluble iron complexes have been discovered with desirable catalytic properties. These catalytic systems are of great importance, because iron is cheap, abundant, and relatively nontoxic.
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