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Pure Appl. Chem., 2003, Vol. 75, No. 4, pp. 461-481

Organometallic chemistry at the nanoscale. Dendrimers for redox processes and catalysis

D. Astruc

Laboratoire de Chimie Organique et Organométallique, UMR CNRS No 5802, Université Bordeaux I, 33405 Talence Cedex, France

Abstract: An overview of the metal-mediated synthesis and use of nanosized metallodendrimers is given with emphasis on electron-transfer processes (molecular batteries consisting in dendrimers decorated with a large number of equivalent redox-active centers) and catalytic reactions (electron-transfer-chain catalytic synthesis of dendrimers decorated with ruthenium carbonyl clusters, redox catalysis of nitrate and nitrite electroreduction in water by star-shape hexanuclear catalysts).