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f-Element silicon and heavy tetrel chemistry

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The last three decades have seen a significant increase in the number of reports of f-element carbon chemistry, whilst the f-element chemistry of silicon, germanium, tin, and lead remain underdeveloped in comparison. Here, in this perspective we review complexes that contain chemical bonds between f-elements and silicon or the heavier tetrels since the birth of this field in 1985 to present day, with the intention of inspiring researchers to contribute to its development and explore the opportunities that it presents. For the purposes of this perspective, f-elements include lanthanides, actinides and group 3 metals. We focus on complexes that have been structurally authenticated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and horizon-scan for future opportunities and targets in the area.

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Submitted
24 Aug 2020
Accepted
24 Sep 2020
First published
24 Sep 2020

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

Chem. Sci., 2020,11, 10871-10886
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Perspective

f-Element silicon and heavy tetrel chemistry

B. L. L. Réant, S. T. Liddle and D. P. Mills, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 10871
DOI: 10.1039/D0SC04655H

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