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Editorial

New Talent: Europe

Welcome to this themed issue of Dalton Transactions entitled “New Talent: Europe.”

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Interweaving spins with their environment: novel inorganic nanohybrids with controllable magnetic properties

We discuss the developments in the synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanohybrids made of molecular magnets and nanostructured materials.

Graphical abstract: Interweaving spins with their environment: novel inorganic nanohybrids with controllable magnetic properties
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Perspective

A golden future in medicinal inorganic chemistry: the promise of anticancer gold organometallic compounds

This review provides an overview of the recent results concerning anticancer organometallic gold compounds and related mechanistic insights.

Graphical abstract: A golden future in medicinal inorganic chemistry: the promise of anticancer gold organometallic compounds
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Perspective

State of the art of Lewis acid-containing zeolites: lessons from fine chemistry to new biomass transformation processes

New transition metal-containing zeolites presenting Lewis acid character show unique catalytic applications in fine chemistry processes and novel biomass-transformation.

Graphical abstract: State of the art of Lewis acid-containing zeolites: lessons from fine chemistry to new biomass transformation processes
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Frontier

Platinoid complexes to target monomeric disordered peptides: a forthcoming solution against amyloid diseases?

We conjecture that the combination of a platinoid complex and an IDP (intrinsically disordered peptides) recognition unit can be one solution for targeting efficiently (monomeric) IDP and inhibiting their aggregation into deleterious amyloids.

Graphical abstract: Platinoid complexes to target monomeric disordered peptides: a forthcoming solution against amyloid diseases?
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Communication

Mechanism of phenol oxidation by heterodinuclear Ni Cu bis(μ-oxo) complexes involving nucleophilic oxo groups

Both PCET and HAT mechanisms can be feasible for the oxidation of phenols by heterodinuclear CuIII(μ-O)2NIII complexes.

Graphical abstract: Mechanism of phenol oxidation by heterodinuclear Ni Cu bis(μ-oxo) complexes involving nucleophilic oxo groups
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Communication

A tetradentate metalloligand: synthesis and coordination behaviour of a 2-pyridyl-substituted cyclobutadiene iron complex

A novel cyclobutadiene iron complex with four 2-pyridyl-substitutents acts as a bis(bidentate) chelate ligand toward Zn2+ cations.

Graphical abstract: A tetradentate metalloligand: synthesis and coordination behaviour of a 2-pyridyl-substituted cyclobutadiene iron complex
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Communication

A novel 99mTc labelling strategy for the development of silica based particles for medical applications

The reaction of high-valent fac-{99mTcO3}+ complexes with alkenes ((3 + 2)-cycloaddition) has been used to develop a novel stereoselective labelling procedure for silica based particles.

Graphical abstract: A novel 99mTc labelling strategy for the development of silica based particles for medical applications
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Communication

Reactivity of three-coordinate iron–NHC complexes towards phenylselenol and lithium phenylselenide

The three-coordinate iron(II) NHC complexes [(IPr)Fe(N′′)2] (1) and [(ItBu)Fe(N′′)2] (3) (N′′ = N(SiMe3)2) react with PhSeH or LiSePh to give the iron(II) selenolates [(IPr)Fe(N′′)(SePh)] (6) and [ItBu(H)][(aItBu)Fe(SePh)3], [ItBu(H)][7], with complex 7 containing an abnormal NHC ligand.

Graphical abstract: Reactivity of three-coordinate iron–NHC complexes towards phenylselenol and lithium phenylselenide
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Open Access Communication

Silver nanoparticles supported on alumina–a highly efficient and selective nanocatalyst for imine reduction

Ag nanoparticles were successfully stabilized on alumina. The catalyst showed high selectivity in the reduction of imines. It was easily recovered and reused without any loss in its activity. Furthermore, it could also catalyze the tandem synthesis of secondary amines from primary amines.

Graphical abstract: Silver nanoparticles supported on alumina–a highly efficient and selective nanocatalyst for imine reduction
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Communication

Copolymerization of cyclohexene oxide with CO2 catalyzed by tridentate N-heterocyclic carbene titanium(IV) complexes

A new class of complexes based on titanium(IV) bearing a bisanionic mer-tridentate N-heterocyclic carbene ligand were investigated for the copolymerization of cyclohexene oxide with CO2. Upon addition of [PPN]X′ salts, all complexes were found to be active and highly selective toward the formation of PCHC.

Graphical abstract: Copolymerization of cyclohexene oxide with CO2 catalyzed by tridentate N-heterocyclic carbene titanium(iv) complexes
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Communication

The first enantiopure lanthanoid cryptate

The first enantiomerically pure 2,2′-bipyridine-based cryptand and the corresponding luminescent ytterbium cryptate are reported.

Graphical abstract: The first enantiopure lanthanoid cryptate
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Open Access Paper

The role of carboxylato ligand dissociation in the oxidation of chrysin with H2O2 catalysed by [Mn2III,IV(μ-CH3COO)(μ-O)2(Me4dtne)](PF6)2

The loss of the acetato ligand is shown to be key to the activity of this manganese catalyst at pH 11 in bleaching of chrysin.

Graphical abstract: The role of carboxylato ligand dissociation in the oxidation of chrysin with H2O2 catalysed by [Mn2III,IV(μ-CH3COO)(μ-O)2(Me4dtne)](PF6)2
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Open Access Paper

Narcissistic self-sorting vs. statistic ligand shuffling within a series of phenothiazine-based coordination cages

The self-assembly of heterogeneous or homogeneous cages from a mixture of ligands is a function of the ligand length and reaction kinetics.

Graphical abstract: Narcissistic self-sorting vs. statistic ligand shuffling within a series of phenothiazine-based coordination cages
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[Ru(η5-C5H5)(η6-C10H8)]PF6 as a catalyst precursor for the one-pot direct C–H alkenylation of nitrogen heterocycles

The ruthenium naphthalene complex [Ru(η5-C5H5)(η6-C10H8)]+ is a catalyst precursor for the direct C–H alkenylation of pyridine and related nitrogen heterocycles by terminal alkynes.

Graphical abstract: [Ru(η5-C5H5)(η6-C10H8)]PF6 as a catalyst precursor for the one-pot direct C–H alkenylation of nitrogen heterocycles
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Coordination and conformational isomers in mononuclear iron complexes with pertinence to the [FeFe] hydrogenase active site

6 Fe complexes of the type [Fe(X-bdt)(PR2NPh2)(CO)] were prepared and the possibility to tune their electronic properties by ligand modification was demonstrated. IR spectroscopic and computational studies suggest that the compounds exist as a mixture of isomers in solution.

Graphical abstract: Coordination and conformational isomers in mononuclear iron complexes with pertinence to the [FeFe] hydrogenase active site
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DFT study on the reaction mechanism of the ring closing enyne metathesis (RCEYM) catalyzed by molybdenum alkylidene complexes

DFT calculations show that the RCEYM reaction catalyzed by Mo-based catalysts proceeds preferentially through an yne-then-ene mechanism and that the endo-/exo- selectivity mainly depends on sterics.

Graphical abstract: DFT study on the reaction mechanism of the ring closing enyne metathesis (RCEYM) catalyzed by molybdenum alkylidene complexes
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Zinc and cobalt complexes based on tripodal ligands: synthesis, structure and reactivity toward lactide

Polymerization of lactide takes place in the presence of cobalt and zinc chloro complexes to yield polymers under solvent free conditions.

Graphical abstract: Zinc and cobalt complexes based on tripodal ligands: synthesis, structure and reactivity toward lactide
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Post-synthetic preparation of Sn-, Ti- and Zr-beta: a facile route to water tolerant, highly active Lewis acidic zeolites

Convenient synthesis of water-tolerant Lewis acidic beta zeolites opens new horizons for sustainable catalytic applications.

Graphical abstract: Post-synthetic preparation of Sn-, Ti- and Zr-beta: a facile route to water tolerant, highly active Lewis acidic zeolites
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Chiral phenoxyimino-amido aluminum complexes for the asymmetric cyanation of aldehydes

AlEt3 reacts with chiral phenoxyimine sulfonamides to afford mono-ethyl complexes that catalyze asymmetric addition of SiMe3CN to aldehydes with high yield and good to excellent enantioselectivity.

Graphical abstract: Chiral phenoxyimino-amido aluminum complexes for the asymmetric cyanation of aldehydes
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[IrCl{N(CHCHPtBu2)2}]: a versatile source of the IrI(PNP) pincer platform

The iridium(II) complex [IrCl{N(CHCHPtBu2)2}] is reduced by KC8 to give the anionic iridium(I) pincer complex [IrCl{N(CHCHPtBu2)2}] which was isolated and fully characterized upon stabilization of the counter cation with crown ether as [K(15-cr-5)2][IrCl{N(CHCHPtBu2)2}].

Graphical abstract: [IrCl{N(CHCHPtBu2)2}]−: a versatile source of the IrI(PNP) pincer platform
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Computational insights into carbon–carbon homocoupling reactions mediated by organolanthanide(III) complexes

Homocoupling of terminal alkynes into trienediyl complexes by samarocenes is controlled by the right combination of sterics of the ancillary ligands.

Graphical abstract: Computational insights into carbon–carbon homocoupling reactions mediated by organolanthanide(iii) complexes
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Open Access Paper

Synthesis, structure and reactivity of Ni site models of [NiFeSe] hydrogenases

A series of structural models of the Ni centre in [NiFeSe] hydrogenases display reactivity relevant to the enzyme.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, structure and reactivity of Ni site models of [NiFeSe] hydrogenases
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Yellow-light sensitization of a ligand photosubstitution reaction in a ruthenium polypyridyl complex covalently bound to a rhodamine dye

A rhodamine dye was covalently attached to a ruthenium complex to enhance the rate of ligand photosubstitution under yellow light irradiation.

Graphical abstract: Yellow-light sensitization of a ligand photosubstitution reaction in a ruthenium polypyridyl complex covalently bound to a rhodamine dye
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Metal-assisted conversion of an N-ylide mesomeric betaine into its carbenic tautomer: generation of N-(fluoren-9-yl)imidazol-2-ylidene complexes

9-(Imidazolium-3-yl)fluorenide, an N-ylide mesomeric betaine, isomerises only upon complexation to afford the corresponding monoligated N-heterocyclic carbene complexes, via a fluorenyl-coordinated intermediate.

Graphical abstract: Metal-assisted conversion of an N-ylide mesomeric betaine into its carbenic tautomer: generation of N-(fluoren-9-yl)imidazol-2-ylidene complexes
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Synthesis and catalytic alcohol oxidation and ketone transfer hydrogenation activity of donor-functionalized mesoionic triazolylidene ruthenium(II) complexes

Depending on the donor functionality, triazolylidene ruthenium complexes are catalytically highly active in either alcohol oxidation or ketone transfer hydrogenation.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and catalytic alcohol oxidation and ketone transfer hydrogenation activity of donor-functionalized mesoionic triazolylidene ruthenium(ii) complexes
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Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of an imidazolin-2-iminato aluminium dihydride

We report on the synthesis, characterization and reactivity of a novel aluminium dihydride complex utilizing a bulky imidazolin-2-iminato ligand.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of an imidazolin-2-iminato aluminium dihydride
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The redox series [Ru(bpy)2(L)]n, n = +3, +2, +1, 0, with L = bipyridine, “click” derived pyridyl-triazole or bis-triazole: a combined structural, electrochemical, spectroelectrochemical and DFT investigation

Structural, spectroelectrochemical and theoretical results on complexes [Ru(bpy)2L]n+ are presented.

Graphical abstract: The redox series [Ru(bpy)2(L)]n, n = +3, +2, +1, 0, with L = bipyridine, “click” derived pyridyl-triazole or bis-triazole: a combined structural, electrochemical, spectroelectrochemical and DFT investigation
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An EXAFS and HR-XANES study of the uranyl peroxides [UO22-O2)(H2O)2nH2O (n = 0, 2) and uranyl (oxy)hydroxide [(UO2)4O(OH)6]·6H2O

EXAFS and high-resolution XANES spectroscopy has been used to explore the local coordination and electronic environment of three uranyl minerals relevant to storage of spent nuclear fuel.

Graphical abstract: An EXAFS and HR-XANES study of the uranyl peroxides [UO2(η2-O2)(H2O)2]·nH2O (n = 0, 2) and uranyl (oxy)hydroxide [(UO2)4O(OH)6]·6H2O
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Luminescent alkynyl-gold(I) coumarin derivatives and their biological activity

The synthesis and characterization of three propynyloxycoumarins are reported in this work together with the formation of three different series of gold(I) organometallic complexes.

Graphical abstract: Luminescent alkynyl-gold(i) coumarin derivatives and their biological activity
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Nitrite complexes of the rare earth elements

The coordination chemistry of the nitrite anion has been investigated with rare earth elements, and the resulting complexes were structurally characterized. Among them, the first homoleptic examples of nitrite complexes of samarium, ytterbium and yttrium are described. The coordination behavior of the nitrite ion is directly controlled by the ionic radius of the metal cation.

Graphical abstract: Nitrite complexes of the rare earth elements
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A family of cationic oxime-based hexametallic manganese(III) single-molecule magnets

Three novel cationic oxime-based hexametallic manganese(III) single-molecule magnets have been magnetostructurally studied. Our results suggest that these cationic [Mn6]2+ species could be used as suitable building blocks for preparing new materials with different functionalities.

Graphical abstract: A family of cationic oxime-based hexametallic manganese(iii) single-molecule magnets
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Structural rearrangements induced by acid–base reactions in metal carbonyl clusters: the case of [H3−nCo15Pd9C3(CO)38]n (n = 0–3)

An unprecedented inversion of the Pd9 core from octahedral to trigonal prismatic has been discovered upon deprotonation of bimetallic Co–Pd tri-carbide poly-hydride carbonyl clusters.

Graphical abstract: Structural rearrangements induced by acid–base reactions in metal carbonyl clusters: the case of [H3−nCo15Pd9C3(CO)38]n− (n = 0–3)
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Water-oxidation catalysis by synthetic manganese oxides – systematic variations of the calcium birnessite theme

Optimised preparation parameters for calcium-birnessite water-oxidation catalysts could be identified by systematic variations of a versatile synthesis protocol.

Graphical abstract: Water-oxidation catalysis by synthetic manganese oxides – systematic variations of the calcium birnessite theme
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Alkali metal derivatives of an ortho-phenylene diamine

Deprotonation of a diamine with alkali metal alkyls affords diamide dianion or radical anion derivatives depending on the alkali metal.

Graphical abstract: Alkali metal derivatives of an ortho-phenylene diamine
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Bis(triphenyl-λ5-phosphanylidene)ammonium fluoride: a reactive fluoride source to access the hypervalent silicates [MenSiF5−n] (n = 0–3)

The synthesis, full characterization and selected reactions of bis(triphenyl-λ5-phosphanylidene)-ammonium fluoride ((Ph3PNPPh3)F, abbreviated as (PNP)F), are described.

Graphical abstract: Bis(triphenyl-λ5-phosphanylidene)ammonium fluoride: a reactive fluoride source to access the hypervalent silicates [MenSiF5−n]− (n = 0–3)
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Probing the metallating ability of a polybasic sodium alkylmagnesiate supported by a bulky bis(amido) ligand: deprotomagnesiation reactions of nitrogen-based aromatic substrates

The ability of sodium magnesiate 1 to promote direct Mg–H exchange processes has been demonstrated by studying its reactivity towards N-methyl-benzimidazole and pyrrole.

Graphical abstract: Probing the metallating ability of a polybasic sodium alkylmagnesiate supported by a bulky bis(amido) ligand: deprotomagnesiation reactions of nitrogen-based aromatic substrates
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A metallacyclic alkyl-amido carbene complex (MCAAC)

The preparation and structure of the first metallacyclic alkyl-amido carbene complex is reported, including NMR spectroscopic, computational and cyclic voltammetry studies of the bimetallic RuII–IrIII complex (see figure).

Graphical abstract: A metallacyclic alkyl-amido carbene complex (MCAAC)
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Open Access Paper

Accurate tuning of ordered nanotubular platinum electrodes by galvanic plating

Platinum nanotubes are electrodeposited in ordered arrays and further utilized as a structured electrode surface of accurately tunable geometry.

Graphical abstract: Accurate tuning of ordered nanotubular platinum electrodes by galvanic plating
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N-aromatic heterocycle adducts of bulky [1,2,4-(Me3C)3C5H2]2Sm: synthesis, structure and solution analysis

The reactions of pyridine, Me-pyridine, 4-tert-butyl-pyridine, isoquinoline or quinoline, (L), with bulky samarocene do not lead to any electron transfer but to Sm(II) – neutral ligand coordination adducts in which the ligand L readily exchanges in solution.

Graphical abstract: N-aromatic heterocycle adducts of bulky [1,2,4-(Me3C)3C5H2]2Sm: synthesis, structure and solution analysis
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Iron(II) complexes of ditopic carbanionic carbenes

The synthesis of the N-heterocyclic carbene complexes [Fe(IPr)(mes)2] (1) and [Fe(6-Xyl)(mes)2] (2) is reported. Chemical reduction of 1 using KC8 affords an anionic trigonal planar complex containing two ditopic carbanionic carbene ligands [{:C[N(2,6-iPr2C6H3)]2(CH)C}2Fe(mes)] (3).

Graphical abstract: Iron(ii) complexes of ditopic carbanionic carbenes
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On the structure and ambiphilicity of a sulfonyl substituted α-chloro lithium base

Electronic stabilization allows the isolation and characterization of a room temperature stable Li/Cl carbenoid and considerably influences its ambiphilic character.

Graphical abstract: On the structure and ambiphilicity of a sulfonyl substituted α-chloro lithium base
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Engineering microstructure and redox properties in the mixed conductor Ce0.9Pr0.1O2−δ + Co 2 mol%

The systematic study of Ce0.9Pr0.1O2−δ + Co 2 mol% sintering conditions allowed the microstructure and mixed ionic–electronic transport to be tailored.

Graphical abstract: Engineering microstructure and redox properties in the mixed conductor Ce0.9Pr0.1O2−δ + Co 2 mol%
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Open Access Paper

Tuning ligand electronics and peripheral substitution on cobalt salen complexes: structure and polymerisation activity

A series of cobalt salen complexes, where salen represents an N2O2 bis-Schiff-base bis-phenolate framework, are prepared, characterised and investigated for reversible-termination organometallic mediated radical polymerisation (RT-OMRP).

Graphical abstract: Tuning ligand electronics and peripheral substitution on cobalt salen complexes: structure and polymerisation activity
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Open Access Paper

Towards cancer cell-specific phototoxic organometallic rhenium(I) complexes

The use of Re(I) organometallic complexes and bioconjugates thereof as photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy purposes is presented.

Graphical abstract: Towards cancer cell-specific phototoxic organometallic rhenium(i) complexes
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Cationic Group-IV pincer-type complexes for polymerization and hydroamination catalysis

Intramolecular hydroamination reactions as well as ethylene–1-octene high-temperature copolymerizations are efficiently promoted by unsymmetrical cationic {N,C,N′} Group-IV pincer complexes.

Graphical abstract: Cationic Group-IV pincer-type complexes for polymerization and hydroamination catalysis
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Stable divalent germanium, tin and lead amino(ether)-phenolate monomeric complexes: structural features, inclusion heterobimetallic complexes, and ROP catalysis

Germylenes, stannylenes and plumbylenes bearing amino(ether)-phenolate ligands, including some heterobimetallic complexes, catalyse the ROP of lactide.

Graphical abstract: Stable divalent germanium, tin and lead amino(ether)-phenolate monomeric complexes: structural features, inclusion heterobimetallic complexes, and ROP catalysis
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About this collection

This themed issue, guest edited by Dr Marc Walter and Professor Matthias Tamm, highlights some of the leading research being carried out by the European inorganic and organometallic chemistry community.

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