Jump to main content
Jump to site search
Access to RSC content Close the message box

Continue to access RSC content when you are not at your institution. Follow our step-by-step guide.

Themed collection Most popular 2018-2019 main group, inorganic and organometallic chemistry articles

30 items
Open Access Perspective

En route to metal-mediated and metal-catalysed reactions in water

This perspective report presents the key approaches for the development of various organometallic reactions in aqueous media.

Graphical abstract: En route to metal-mediated and metal-catalysed reactions in water
Open Access Perspective

Adaptive responses of sterically confined intramolecular chalcogen bonds

The existence of intramolecular chalcogen bonds (IChBs) in 2,6-disubstituted arylchalcogen derivatives is determined by the substituents and the sigma hole donor behavior of the chalcogen atom in the molecule.

Graphical abstract: Adaptive responses of sterically confined intramolecular chalcogen bonds
Open Access Perspective

Spin states, vibrations and spin relaxation in molecular nanomagnets and spin qubits: a critical perspective

Spin–vibration coupling has been proven to be crucial for spin dynamics; theoretical studies are now addressing this experimental challenge.

Graphical abstract: Spin states, vibrations and spin relaxation in molecular nanomagnets and spin qubits: a critical perspective
Open Access Perspective

The aromatic dianion metalloles

This perspective includes the synthesis and future challenges of aromatic dianion metalloles and their analogues.

Graphical abstract: The aromatic dianion metalloles
Open Access Minireview

Photoactivity and optical applications of organic materials containing selenium and tellurium

Incorporating selenium or tellurium into photoactive species imparts new photophysical properties that may be exploited in materials applications.

Graphical abstract: Photoactivity and optical applications of organic materials containing selenium and tellurium
Open Access Minireview

Stable cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene (cAAC) radicals with main group substituents

Recent attempts to isolate cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene stabilized radicals of p-block elements have been described here.

Graphical abstract: Stable cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene (cAAC) radicals with main group substituents
Open Access Minireview

A lesson for site-selective C–H functionalization on 2-pyridones: radical, organometallic, directing group and steric controls

This minireview focuses on recent advances in site-selective C–H functionalization on 2-pyridone which is an important heterocyclic motif in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry.

Graphical abstract: A lesson for site-selective C–H functionalization on 2-pyridones: radical, organometallic, directing group and steric controls
Open Access Edge Article

Hydration of nitriles using a metal–ligand cooperative ruthenium pincer catalyst

The hydration of a broad range of aliphatic and (hetero)aromatic nitriles is reported via catalysis by metal–ligand cooperative Ru pincer complexes under very mild conditions.

Graphical abstract: Hydration of nitriles using a metal–ligand cooperative ruthenium pincer catalyst
Open Access Edge Article

Mechanochemistry allows carrying out sensitive organometallic reactions in air: glove-box-and-Schlenk-line-free synthesis of oxidative addition complexes from aryl halides and palladium(0)

We have demonstrated that mechanochemistry allows synthesizing a wide range of palladium oxidative addition complexes in air.

Graphical abstract: Mechanochemistry allows carrying out sensitive organometallic reactions in air: glove-box-and-Schlenk-line-free synthesis of oxidative addition complexes from aryl halides and palladium(0)
Open Access Edge Article

Tuning the π-bridge of quadrupolar triarylborane chromophores for one- and two-photon excited fluorescence imaging of lysosomes in live cells

The tetracationic diketopyrrolopyrrole compound 5M exhibits a σ2 value of 4560 GM at 740 nm.

Graphical abstract: Tuning the π-bridge of quadrupolar triarylborane chromophores for one- and two-photon excited fluorescence imaging of lysosomes in live cells
Open Access Edge Article

Alkali metal complexes of an enantiopure iminophosphonamide ligand with bright delayed fluorescence

Alkali metal complexes of an enantiopure iminophosphonamide bearing chiral centers at both nitrogen atoms are described. They show bright phosphorescence and thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF).

Graphical abstract: Alkali metal complexes of an enantiopure iminophosphonamide ligand with bright delayed fluorescence
From the themed collection: 2019 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
Open Access Edge Article

Reversible alkene binding and allylic C–H activation with an aluminium(I) complex

The monomeric molecular aluminium(I) complex 1 [{(ArNCMe)2CH}Al] (Ar = 2,6-di-iso-propylphenyl) reacts with a series of terminal and strained alkenes including ethylene, propylene, allylbenzene and norbornene to form alkene bound products.

Graphical abstract: Reversible alkene binding and allylic C–H activation with an aluminium(i) complex
Open Access Edge Article

A double helix of opposite charges to form channels with unique CO2 selectivity and dynamics

Electrostatic charges patterning along crystalline channels recognize CO2 with high selectivity and promote its fast screwing dynamics through the crystal at one million steps per second, strongly reminiscent of trans-membrane transport in biological channels.

Graphical abstract: A double helix of opposite charges to form channels with unique CO2 selectivity and dynamics
Open Access Edge Article

Hetero-metallic active sites coupled with strongly reductive polyoxometalate for selective photocatalytic CO2-to-CH4 conversion in water

Two reductive polyoxometalate (POM)-based heterogeneous photo-catalysts display highly selective CO2-to-CH4 conversion in water.

Graphical abstract: Hetero-metallic active sites coupled with strongly reductive polyoxometalate for selective photocatalytic CO2-to-CH4 conversion in water
Open Access Edge Article

High-temperature magnetic blocking and magneto-structural correlations in a series of dysprosium(III) metallocenium single-molecule magnets

Subtle changes in ligand substitution result in substantial changes in molecular structure and magnetic properties in a series of dysprosium(III) metallocenium salts.

Graphical abstract: High-temperature magnetic blocking and magneto-structural correlations in a series of dysprosium(iii) metallocenium single-molecule magnets
Open Access Edge Article

Al(OCArF3)3 – a thermally stable Lewis superacid

Al(OCArF3)3 (ArF = C6F5) – a readily accessible, adduct free and highly stable Lewis superacid with an extreme fluoride ion affinity to store in your glove box!

Graphical abstract: Al(OCArF3)3 – a thermally stable Lewis superacid
Open Access Edge Article

Four-coordinate triarylborane synthesis via cascade B–Cl/C–B cross-metathesis and C–H bond borylation

We herein describe a tandem highly selective B–Cl/C–B cross-metathesis of two same or different arylboranes and C–H bond borylation to synthesize four-coordinate triarylboranes with broad substrate scope.

Graphical abstract: Four-coordinate triarylborane synthesis via cascade B–Cl/C–B cross-metathesis and C–H bond borylation
Open Access Edge Article

Kekulé diradicaloids derived from a classical N-heterocyclic carbene

Two-electron reduction of bis(1,3-imidazolinium) salts 2 and 3 with KC8 gives rise to stable diradicaloids 4 and 5, respectively. Calculations reveal a very low singlet–triplet energy gap ΔES–T for 5 (10.7 kcal mol−1), while ΔES–T for 4 (29.1 kcal mol−1) is rather large.

Graphical abstract: Kekulé diradicaloids derived from a classical N-heterocyclic carbene
Open Access Edge Article

Copper-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of 2-substituted ketones via dynamic kinetic resolution

A new class of tunable heterophosphole dimeric ligands have been designed and synthesized.

Graphical abstract: Copper-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of 2-substituted ketones via dynamic kinetic resolution
Open Access Edge Article

Pd(II)-catalyzed synthesis of bifunctionalized carboranes via cage B–H activation of 1-CH2NH2-o-carboranes

Pd-catalyzed, transient group-directed diarylation of cage B(4,5)–H bonds in 1-CH2NH2-o-carboranes was reported, including the isolation and structural characterization of key intermediates.

Graphical abstract: Pd(ii)-catalyzed synthesis of bifunctionalized carboranes via cage B–H activation of 1-CH2NH2-o-carboranes
Open Access Edge Article

A redox-active diborane platform performs C(sp3)–H activation and nucleophilic substitution reactions

Targeted C(sp3)–H activation or nucleophilic substitution reactions have been achieved through the interaction of a diborane dianion with haloalkanes.

Graphical abstract: A redox-active diborane platform performs C(sp3)–H activation and nucleophilic substitution reactions
Open Access Edge Article

A combined experimental and computational study on the reaction of fluoroarenes with Mg–Mg, Mg–Zn, Mg–Al and Al–Zn bonds

Through a combined experimental and computational (DFT) approach, the reaction mechanism of the addition of fluoroarenes to Mg–Mg bonds has been determined as a concerted SNAr-like pathway in which one Mg centre acts as a nucleophile and the other an electrophile.

Graphical abstract: A combined experimental and computational study on the reaction of fluoroarenes with Mg–Mg, Mg–Zn, Mg–Al and Al–Zn bonds
Open Access Edge Article

Nickel-catalyzed coupling reaction of alkyl halides with aryl Grignard reagents in the presence of 1,3-butadiene: mechanistic studies of four-component coupling and competing cross-coupling reactions

The detailed reaction mechanism of anionic Ni complex-promoted C–C bond forming reactions was clarified by experimental and theoretical methods.

Graphical abstract: Nickel-catalyzed coupling reaction of alkyl halides with aryl Grignard reagents in the presence of 1,3-butadiene: mechanistic studies of four-component coupling and competing cross-coupling reactions
Open Access Edge Article

Closely related yet different: a borylene and its dimer are non-interconvertible but connected through reactivity

This side-by-side reactivity study of a borylene and a diborene with the same empirical formula demonstrates their non-interconvertibility.

Graphical abstract: Closely related yet different: a borylene and its dimer are non-interconvertible but connected through reactivity
Open Access Edge Article

Metal alkyls programmed to generate metal alkylidenes by α-H abstraction: prognosis from NMR chemical shift

Chemical shift analysis predicts the ease of alkylidene formation from bis-alkyl d0 complexes via α-H abstraction.

Graphical abstract: Metal alkyls programmed to generate metal alkylidenes by α-H abstraction: prognosis from NMR chemical shift
Open Access Edge Article

A simple multi-responsive system based on aldehyde functionalized amino-boranes

An aldehyde functionalized amino-borane has been found to respond to multiple external stimuli such as temperature, pressure and solvents, producing distinct patterns and colours.

Graphical abstract: A simple multi-responsive system based on aldehyde functionalized amino-boranes
Open Access Edge Article

Polyoxovanadate-alkoxide clusters as multi-electron charge carriers for symmetric non-aqueous redox flow batteries

Installation of bridging alkoxide ligands leads to improvements to solubility, stability and redox profile of POM clusters!

Graphical abstract: Polyoxovanadate-alkoxide clusters as multi-electron charge carriers for symmetric non-aqueous redox flow batteries
Open Access Edge Article

Reactivity of highly Lewis acidic diborane(4) towards pyridine and isocyanide: formation of boraalkene–pyridine complex and ortho-functionalized pyridine derivatives

The reaction of pinB-BMes2 with Xyl-NC and pyridine results in the formation of a pyridine-coordinated boraalkene that exhibits an intense color. In the presence of an excess of pyridine, the ortho C–H bond of pyridine was selectively functionalized.

Graphical abstract: Reactivity of highly Lewis acidic diborane(4) towards pyridine and isocyanide: formation of boraalkene–pyridine complex and ortho-functionalized pyridine derivatives
Open Access Edge Article

Diphosphine-protected ultrasmall gold nanoclusters: opened icosahedral Au13 and heart-shaped Au8 clusters

Two ultrasmall gold clusters, Au13 and Au8, were identified as a distorted Ih icosahedral Au13 and edge-shared “core + 4exo” structure Au8S2 cores, respectively. They showed interesting luminescence and electrochemical properties.

Graphical abstract: Diphosphine-protected ultrasmall gold nanoclusters: opened icosahedral Au13 and heart-shaped Au8 clusters
Open Access Edge Article

The Lewis superacid Al[N(C6F5)2]3 and its higher homolog Ga[N(C6F5)2]3 – structural features, theoretical investigation and reactions of a metal amide with higher fluoride ion affinity than SbF5

Lewis superacid with higher fluoride ion affinity than SbF5.

Graphical abstract: The Lewis superacid Al[N(C6F5)2]3 and its higher homolog Ga[N(C6F5)2]3 – structural features, theoretical investigation and reactions of a metal amide with higher fluoride ion affinity than SbF5
30 items

About this collection

This specially curated collection pulls together some of the most popular articles from 2018 and 2019 in the field of main group, inorganic and organometallic chemistry. The collection presents some outstanding contributions to the field, ranging from the reactivity of diborane(4) towards pyridine and isocyanide to a review of spin states, vibrations and spin relaxation in molecular nanomagnets and spin qubits, and as with all Chemical Science articles – they are all completely free to access and read. We hope you enjoy browsing through this collection.

See also:

Spotlight

Advertisements