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Molecular early main group metal hydrides: synthetic challenge, structures and applications

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Abstract

Within the general area of early main group metal chemistry, the controlled synthesis of well-defined metal hydride complexes is a rapidly developing research field. As group 1 and 2 metal complexes are generally highly dynamic and lattice energies for their [MH] and [MH2] salts are high, the synthesis of well-defined soluble hydride complexes is an obvious challenge. Access to molecular early main group metal hydrides, however, is rewarding: these hydrocarbon-soluble metal hydrides are highly reactive, have found use in early main group metal catalysis and are potentially also valuable molecular model systems for polar metal hydrides as a hydrogen storage material. The article focusses specifically on alkali and alkaline-earth metal hydride complexes and discusses the synthetic challenge, molecular structures, reactivity and applications.

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The article was received on 14 May 2012, accepted on 21 Aug 2012 and first published on 26 Sep 2012


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2CC33478J
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2012,48, 11165-11177
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    Molecular early main group metal hydrides: synthetic challenge, structures and applications

    S. Harder, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 11165
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CC33478J

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