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C–F→Ln/An interactions in synthetic f-element chemistry

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The coordination of C–F moieties to electrophilic metal cations has been increasingly recognized in f-element chemistry over the last two decades. These C–F→Ln/An interactions are readily identified in the solid state and can persist in solution. The binding energies of C–F→Ln/An interactions lead to their ready displacement to expose metal centers to substrates, which is implicated in cationic polymerization catalysts. C–F→Ln/An coordination is also an elementary step in C–F bond activation, proceeding through either homolytic or heterolytic cleavage of chemically inert C–F bonds. The influence of C–F→Ln/An interactions on the geometries of coordination compounds and their electronic impact on metal cations are also examined in this Perspective article.

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The article was received on 09 jan. 2016, accepted on 21 feb. 2016 and first published on 23 feb. 2016

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C6DT00108D
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2016,45, 6313-6323
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    C–F→Ln/An interactions in synthetic f-element chemistry

    H. Yin, A. V. Zabula and E. J. Schelter, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 6313
    DOI: 10.1039/C6DT00108D

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