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Organoactinides in Catalytic Transformations: Scope, Mechanisms and Quo Vadis

Abstract

The last decade has witnessed wonderful and remarkable advances in the chemistry of early actinides. Not just learning on the reactivity of these type of compounds in stoichiometric reactions but also their utilization in challenging catalytic processes. This canvas of knowledge allows the design of chemical reactivities reaching a high level of sophistication. As compared to early/late transition metal and lanthanide complexes, the actinides display complementary and in some cases real unique performances for similar organic transformations. The study of organoactinides allows to design new chemical transformations due to their distinctive electronic structures, which featured their large coordination number exhibiting steric interactions.This review highlights the latest results obtined since 2008 on the catalytic activities of organoactinides. This review presents a brief introduction, and two main parts: i. organoactinides mediated catalytic transformations of small molecules, including hydroelementation, coupling reactions, etc.; ii. organoactinides catalysed polymerization and oligomerization reactions, including olefin, diene, cyclic ester and epoxide substrates. At the end, we present our Quo Vadis opinion and pose some challenging questions and our personal opinion to where this field should continue to develop.

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The article was received on 07 Jun 2017, accepted on 15 Sep 2017 and first published on 15 Sep 2017


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC04415A
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Organoactinides in Catalytic Transformations: Scope, Mechanisms and Quo Vadis

    M. Eisen, H. Liu and T. Ghatak, Chem. Commun., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7CC04415A

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