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Recent advances in low oxidation state aluminium chemistry

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Abstract

The synthesis and isolation of novel low oxidation state aluminium (Al) compounds has seen relatively slow progress over the 30 years since such species were first isolated. This is largely due to the significant challenges in isolating these thermodynamically unstable compounds. Despite challenges with isolation, their reactivity has been widely explored and they have been utilized in a wide range of processes including the activation of strong chemicals bonds, as ligands to transition metals and in the formation of heterobimetallic M–M compounds. As such, attempts to isolate novel low oxidation state Al compounds have continued in earnest and in the last few years huge advances have been made. In this review we highlight the remarkable recent developments in the low oxidation state chemistry of aluminium and discuss the variety of new reactions these compounds have made possible.

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Submitted
11 May 2020
Accepted
23 Jun 2020
First published
30 Jun 2020

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article
Article type
Perspective

Recent advances in low oxidation state aluminium chemistry

K. Hobson, C. J. Carmalt and C. Bakewell, Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0SC02686G

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