Themed collection Applications of Main Group Chemistry in Synthesis, Catalysis, and Biomedical and Materials Research

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Low oxidation state and hydrido group 2 complexes: synthesis and applications in the activation of gaseous substrates

This review summarises advances in the chemistry of low-oxidation state and hydrido group 2 metal complexes, focussing on their use for the reductive activation of feed-stock gaseous small molecules, and their subsequent transformation into value added products.

Graphical abstract: Low oxidation state and hydrido group 2 complexes: synthesis and applications in the activation of gaseous substrates
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Recent advances in the chemistry of isolable carbene analogues with group 13–15 elements

This review provides an overview of main group carbene analogues, covering recent advancements, synthesis strategies, and the diverse reactivity of elements in groups 13–15 based on their structural characteristics.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the chemistry of isolable carbene analogues with group 13–15 elements
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Borataalkenes, boraalkenes, and the η2-B,C coordination mode in coordination chemistry and catalysis

This review summarizes the recent advances in the synthesis of transition metal borataalkene and boraalkene complexes, and the η2-B,C coordination mode in homogeneous catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Borataalkenes, boraalkenes, and the η2-B,C coordination mode in coordination chemistry and catalysis
Open Access Review Article

Organoboron-based multiple-resonance emitters: synthesis, structure–property correlations, and prospects

This review highlights organoboron-based multiple-resonance compounds’ synthetic strategies classified as one-pot borylation, one-shot borylation, and late-stage functionalisation, and explores material structure–photophysical property correlations.

Graphical abstract: Organoboron-based multiple-resonance emitters: synthesis, structure–property correlations, and prospects
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Ligand-enforced geometric constraints and associated reactivity in p-block compounds

This review presents a group-wise summary of ligand enforced non-VSEPR geometries in compounds of the p-block elements and discusses the emergent consequences for reactivity.

Graphical abstract: Ligand-enforced geometric constraints and associated reactivity in p-block compounds
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Boryl-substituted low-valent heavy group 14 compounds

This review focuses on the low-valent heavy group 14 compounds stabilized by N-heterocyclic boryl ligands and their applications in the activation of small molecules and inert chemical bonds.

Graphical abstract: Boryl-substituted low-valent heavy group 14 compounds
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Azaphosphinines and their derivatives

Azaphosphinines, six-membered heterocycles containing one phosphorus and one nitrogen atom, have emerged from the shadows of their single heteroatom-containing analogues. This review describes the synthesis and applications of these unique compounds.

Graphical abstract: Azaphosphinines and their derivatives
Open Access Review Article

Asymmetric catalysis with FLPs

This review provides an overview of the important progress in FLP-catalyzed asymmetric reactions made over the past 15 years, and both the merits and limitations of FLP-catalysis have been highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Asymmetric catalysis with FLPs
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Frustrated Lewis pair chemistry of CO

This review discusses the application of FLPs to the capture, reactivity, and reduction of CO. These developments illustrate an alternative strategy to advance the reactivity of CO.

Graphical abstract: Frustrated Lewis pair chemistry of CO
Open Access Tutorial Review

Mechanistic studies on single-electron transfer in frustrated Lewis pairs and its application to main-group chemistry

Here, we discuss predicting thermal and photoinduced single-electron transfer (SET) in frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs) and characterizing the resulting radical pair. We then extend these methods' application to main-group chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Mechanistic studies on single-electron transfer in frustrated Lewis pairs and its application to main-group chemistry
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About this collection

The main group elements are among the most abundant elements in the universe. These representative elements comprise 80% of the Earth’s crust and are critical for supporting life with a wide variety of applications. This special collection, Guest Edited by Douglas Stephan (University of Toronto, Canada) and Shih-Yuan Liu (Boston College, United States of America), aims to highlight the versatility of main group chemistry in diverse applications ranging from biomedical research to materials and catalysis science. The collection showcases the unique functional properties and novel reactivities that main-group compounds exhibit. With the contributions of eminent scholars in the field, the collection captures some of the recent advances in main group chemistry and share our excitement with the broader community.  We hope you enjoy reading the articles in this collection.


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