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Rare-earth metal π-complexes of reduced arenes, alkenes, and alkynes: bonding, electronic structure, and comparison with actinides and other electropositive metals

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Rare-earth metal complexes of reduced π ligands are reviewed with an emphasis on their electronic structure and bonding interactions. This perspective discusses reduced carbocyclic and acyclic π ligands; in certain categories, when no example of a rare-earth metal complex is available, a closely related actinide analogue is discussed. In general, rare-earth metals have a lower tendency to form covalent interactions with π ligands compared to actinides, mainly uranium. Despite predominant ionic interactions in rare-earth chemistry, covalent bonds can be formed with reduced carbocyclic ligands, especially multiply reduced arenes.

Graphical abstract: Rare-earth metal π-complexes of reduced arenes, alkenes, and alkynes: bonding, electronic structure, and comparison with actinides and other electropositive metals

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The article was received on 10 Jun 2015, accepted on 30 Jul 2015 and first published on 31 Jul 2015


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02198G
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Citation: Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 15360-15371
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    Rare-earth metal π-complexes of reduced arenes, alkenes, and alkynes: bonding, electronic structure, and comparison with actinides and other electropositive metals

    W. Huang and P. L. Diaconescu, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 15360
    DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02198G

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