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Themed collection Collection of articles dedicated to Professor Ken Wade, F.R.S. in celebration of his seventy-fifth birthday

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Cyclic oxonium derivatives of polyhedral boron hydrides and their synthetic applications

Preparation and synthetic application of cyclic oxonium derivatives of polyhedral boron hydrides are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Cyclic oxonium derivatives of polyhedral boron hydrides and their synthetic applications
Communication

Platinum(II) Schiff base as versatile phosphorescent core component in conjugated oligo(phenylene–ethynylene)s

Luminescent platinum(II) Schiff base units have been identified as an attractive signalling component in new oligo(phenylene–ethynylene) materials, which can potentially be extended to phosphorescent conjugated polymers for sensing applications.

Graphical abstract: Platinum(ii) Schiff base as versatile phosphorescent core component in conjugated oligo(phenylene–ethynylene)s
Communication

A simple entry into nido-C2B10clusters: HCl promoted cleavage of the C–C bond in ortho-carboranyl diphosphines

Zwitterionic, nido-12-vertex carboranes with structures based on an unprecedented C2-symmetric docosahedron are remarkably easily (and reversibly) produced.

Graphical abstract: A simple entry into nido-C2B10clusters: HCl promoted cleavage of the C–C bond in ortho-carboranyl diphosphines
Communication

Generation of metallomesogens using common ligands functionalised with liquid-crystalline moieties

Functionalisation of 2,2′-bipyridine or acetylacetone with an alkyleneoxycyanobiphenyl group induces liquid-crystalline properties in simple metal complexes.

Graphical abstract: Generation of metallomesogens using common ligands functionalised with liquid-crystalline moieties
Communication

Cleavage of P–S bonds and oxygenation by a trinuclear iron carboxylate: Synthesis and structures of iron clusters containing group 15/16 anions

In the reaction of [Fe33-O)(µ2-piv)6(H2O)3](piv) (piv = tBuCOO) with [RP(S)(µ-S)]2 (R = 4-anisyl) P–S bonds are cleaved. This reaction gave rise to the novel complex [Fe7S4(RPO2S)4(dme)4] (dme = 1,2-dimethoxyethane) and to [Fe93-O)4(RPO3)3(pic)13].

Graphical abstract: Cleavage of P–S bonds and oxygenation by a trinuclear iron carboxylate: Synthesis and structures of iron clusters containing group 15/16 anions
Communication

π-Bonding versus oligomerisation in the aromatic anions [C6H4N2E]: formation of the cyclic tetrameric tetraanion [C6H4N2Sb]44−

The [C6H4N2Sb] anion in the cyclic tetramer [C6H4N2SbLi·PMDETA]4 (1) (PMDETA = {Me2NCH2CH2}2NMe) sacrifices its formal π-aromaticity in order to adopt a donor–acceptor bonding mode unique in related main group heterocycles.

Graphical abstract: π-Bonding versus oligomerisation in the aromatic anions [C6H4N2E]−: formation of the cyclic tetrameric tetraanion [C6H4N2Sb]44−
Communication

Amino-closo-dodecaborate—a new ligand in coordination chemistry

For the first time coordination of amino-closo-dodecaborate is presented. The aminoborate coordinates at ruthenium with formation of a N–Ru bond and two B–H–Ru interactions.

Graphical abstract: Amino-closo-dodecaborate—a new ligand in coordination chemistry
Communication

The preparation and characterisation of ruthenium cyanovinylidene complexes

A convenient preparative route to mono- and di-cyanovinylidene complexes is reported. Spectroelectrochemical studies and DFT calculations indicate reduction of these compounds results in population of a p-orbital at the vinylidene Cα carbon.

Graphical abstract: The preparation and characterisation of ruthenium cyanovinylidene complexes
Communication

Synthesis of a bimetallic platinum–tungsten complex with a bridging µ-diboranyl–oxycarbyne moiety

The title compound [W{η1,µ-CO-B(NMe2)-B(NMe2)-(η5-C5H4)}(CO)2{Pt(PPh3)2}] (W–Pt), which displays a highly unusual µ-diboranyl–oxycarbyne bridge, was obtained by subsequent treatment of Li[W(η5-C5H4Li)(CO)3] with B2(NMe2)2Br2 and [Pt(η2-C2H4)(PPh3)2] via an unprecedented ansa-half-sandwich complex of tungsten.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of a bimetallic platinum–tungsten complex with a bridging µ-diboranyl–oxycarbyne moiety
Communication

Unlocking the metallaboratrane cage: reversible B–H activation in platinaboratranes

The reaction of the new platinaboratrane salt [PtH(PTol3){B(mt)3}]Cl(PtB)8 (mt = methimazolyl, Tol = C6H4Me-4) with 2 equivalents of PR3 (R = Me, Et) affords, via hydride migration to boron and ligand substitution, the salts [Pt(PR3)22-S,S′-HB(mt)3}]Cl, which slowly undergo B–H reactivation, to afford, ultimately, the platinaboratrane salts [PtH(PR3){B(mt)3}]Cl(PtB)8.

Graphical abstract: Unlocking the metallaboratrane cage: reversible B–H activation in platinaboratranes
Communication

Zwitterionic bis(phenolate)amine lanthanide complexes for the ring-opening polymerisation of cyclic esters

Reaction of Sm{N(SiMe3)2}3 with one or two equivalents of bis(phenol)amine ligands afford bifunctional zwitterionic lanthanide catalysts that effect the ring-opening polymerisation of cyclic esters affording cyclic polyesters.

Graphical abstract: Zwitterionic bis(phenolate)amine lanthanide complexes for the ring-opening polymerisation of cyclic esters
Communication

The oxadiazolyldiazenido(1−) ligand: a remarkably versatile platform for the synthesis of heteropolynuclear transition metal complexes

Cyclo-condensation of aroyl hydrazides with [BrW(dppe)2(N2CCl2)]+ affords neutral oxadiazolyldiazenido(1−) complexes which react readily with both transition and non-transition metal acceptors to afford a wide range of novel heteropolynuclear complexes.

Graphical abstract: The oxadiazolyldiazenido(1−) ligand: a remarkably versatile platform for the synthesis of heteropolynuclear transition metal complexes
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Synthesis and dehydrocoupling reactivity of iron and ruthenium phosphine–borane complexes

The phosphine–borane complexes CpM(CO)2(PPh2·BH3) (M = Fe, Ru) have been prepared and both of these species along with Fe2(CO)9 were found to catalyze the dehydrocoupling of PPh2H·BH3 in the melt at 120 °C. The Fe complexes are the first reported iron catalysts for the dehydrocoupling of phosphine–borane adducts.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and dehydrocoupling reactivity of iron and ruthenium phosphine–borane complexes
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Effects of halogen substitution on the properties of eight- and nine-vertex closo-boranes

Substitution of halogens on eight- and nine-vertex polyhedral boranes impacts the cage magnetic properties. Multiple fluorine substituents lead to 3D diatropic ring currents within neutral borane cages BnFn contrasting with their paratropic BnHn analogues.

Graphical abstract: Effects of halogen substitution on the properties of eight- and nine-vertex closo-boranes
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A new series of dinuclear Au(I) complexes linked by diethynylpyridine groups

A series of novel digold complexes incorporating ethynyl pyridine derivatives as a spacer unit, [(R3P)Au(C[triple bond, length as m-dash]C)X(C[triple bond, length as m-dash]C)Au(PR3)] (X = pyridine or bipyridine), have been prepared and characterised. Only the complexes with short spacer groups show aurophilic interactions in the solid state and in solution the absorption and emission spectra are dominated by ligand-based transitions.

Graphical abstract: A new series of dinuclear Au(i) complexes linked by diethynylpyridine groups
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Borane reaction chemistry. Alkyne insertion reactions into boron-containing clusters. Products from the thermolysis of [6,9-(2-HC[triple bond, length as m-dash]C–C5H4N)2-arachno-B10H12]

The identification of by-products from the thermolysis of [6,9-(2-HC[triple bond, length as m-dash]C–C5H4N)2-arachno-B10H12 adds to the knowledge of the mechanism of closo-dicarbadodecaborane synthesis.

Graphical abstract: Borane reaction chemistry. Alkyne insertion reactions into boron-containing clusters. Products from the thermolysis of [6,9-(2-HC [[triple bond, length as m-dash]] C–C5H4N)2-arachno-B10H12]
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Synthesis of nickel complexes with bidentate N,O-type ligands and application in the catalytic oligomerization of ethylene

The dinuclear complexes 14 and 16 have been synthesized in high yields and used as precatalysts in ethylene oligomerization. Complex 16 in the presence of 6 equiv. of AlEtCl2 gave TOF values up to 187 500 C2H4 (mol Ni h)−1 under 10 bar of ethylene and with 200 equiv. of MAO TOF values up to 104 300 C2H4 (mol Ni h)−1 under 30 bar of ethylene. The selectivity of 16 for C4 olefins was up to 94% with only 50 equiv. of MAO.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of nickel complexes with bidentate N,O-type ligands and application in the catalytic oligomerization of ethylene
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Structural chemistry of (PPh4)2M(WS4)2 materials

We discuss the synthesis and structural chemistry of (PPh4)2M(WS4)2 materials for M = Co, Ni and Zn; new polymorphs and the origin of diffuse scatter in the M = Zn phase are reported.

Graphical abstract: Structural chemistry of (PPh4)2M(WS4)2 materials
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Amidinate–carboxylate complexes of dimolybdenum and ditungsten: M2(O2CR)2((NiPr)2CR′)2. Preparations, molecular and electronic structures and reactions

Reactions between M2(O2CMe)4 compounds (M = Mo or W) and lithium amidinates Li(PriN)2CR yield the MM quadruply bonded complexes trans-M2(O2CMe)2((PriN)2CR)2 where R = Me, CCPh, CCBut and 1-ferrocenyl.

Graphical abstract: Amidinate–carboxylate complexes of dimolybdenum and ditungsten: M2(O2CR)2((NiPr)2CR′)2. Preparations, molecular and electronic structures and reactions
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Porphyrin complexes containing coordinated BOB groups: synthesis, chemical reactivity and the structure of [BOB(tpClpp)]2+

The reactions of boron halides with porphyrins under conditions where partial hydrolysis occurs give products in which B–O–B groups are coordinated to the porphyrin in a surprising range of structural types.

Graphical abstract: Porphyrin complexes containing coordinated BOB groups: synthesis, chemical reactivity and the structure of [BOB(tpClpp)]2+
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Macropolyhedral boron-containing cluster chemistry. The reversible disassembly and reassembly of the hexagonal pyramidal {B7} feature in the [S2B18H19] anion

DFT calculations define that protonation of the [S2B18H19] anion 1 to give [S2B18H20] 4 disassembles its rare hexagonal pyramidal {B7} feature, and that deprotonation of 4 gives a fluxional [S2B18H19] isomer 5, from which 1 reassembles.

Graphical abstract: Macropolyhedral boron-containing cluster chemistry. The reversible disassembly and reassembly of the hexagonal pyramidal {B7} feature in the [S2B18H19]− anion
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Synthesis, structure, and reactivity of Group 4 metallacycles incorporating a Me2C-linked cyclopentadienyl-carboranyl ligand

The insertion of unsaturated molecules into the M–N bonds of metallacycles is a useful and effective method for the construction of very large ring systems.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, structure, and reactivity of Group 4 metallacycles incorporating a Me2C-linked cyclopentadienyl-carboranyl ligand
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Robust chiral zirconium alkoxide initiators for the room-temperature stereoselective ring-opening polymerisation of rac-lactide

Chiral Schiff bases complexes of Ti and Zr are active initiators for the ring-opening polymerisation of rac-lactide. Zirconium initiators give heterotactic polylactide in solution at room temperature, in the melt, and in the presence of protic impurities.

Graphical abstract: Robust chiral zirconium alkoxide initiators for the room-temperature stereoselective ring-opening polymerisation of rac-lactide
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Influence of the solvent and R groups on the structure of (carboranyl)R2PI2 compounds in solution. Crystal structure of the first iodophosphonium salt incorporating the anion [7,8-nido-C2B9H10]

The influence of the R groups on P and the solvent on the solution molecular geometry of adducts (carboranyl)R2PI2, generated by the reaction of carboranylphosphanes with I2 in 1 : 1 ratio, has been studied.

Graphical abstract: Influence of the solvent and R groups on the structure of (carboranyl)R2PI2 compounds in solution. Crystal structure of the first iodophosphonium salt incorporating the anion [7,8-nido-C2B9H10]−
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Synthesis and characterisation of new bimetallic alkali metal–magnesium mixed diisopropylamide-acetylides: structural variations in bimetallic lithium- and sodium-heteroleptic magnesiates

Reactions of mixed alkali metal–magnesium tris(diisopropylamides) with phenylacetylene produce an acetylido-rich Na⋯Mg⋯Mg⋯Na chain structure or an amido-rich (LiNMgN)22+(C[triple bond, length as m-dash]CPh)2− inverse crown.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and characterisation of new bimetallic alkali metal–magnesium mixed diisopropylamide-acetylides: structural variations in bimetallic lithium- and sodium-heteroleptic magnesiates
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Synthesis of aluminium borate–boron oxide and binary titanium–boron and zirconium–boron oxides from metal alkoxides and (MeO)3B3O3 in non-aqueous solvents

Metal alkoxides M(OR)4 (M = Ti, Zr; R = organyl) or Al(OiPr)3 react with (MeO)3B3O3 in dry propan-2-one to give gels which when calcined in air for 24 h at 500–1000 °C afforded bi-phased mixed-oxide materials.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of aluminium borate–boron oxide and binary titanium–boron and zirconium–boron oxides from metal alkoxides and (MeO)3B3O3 in non-aqueous solvents
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Synthesis and structural elucidation of solvent-free and solvated lithium dimethyl (HMDS) zincates

Reaction of the unsolvated lithium HMDS zincate [LiZn(HMDS)Me2] with PMDETA affords the solvate [(PMDETA)Li(µ-Me)Zn(Me)(HMDS)] where the amide (circled blue) occupies an unusual terminal position exclusively bonded to Zn.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and structural elucidation of solvent-free and solvated lithium dimethyl (HMDS) zincates
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Synthetic and structural investigations of alkali metal diamine bis(phenolate) complexes

Three alkali metal diamine bis(phenolate) complexes have been prepared and structurally characterised—all adopt very different structural arrangements.

Graphical abstract: Synthetic and structural investigations of alkali metal diamine bis(phenolate) complexes
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Alkyl and aryl dicationic derivatives of cyclic triphosphenium ions

Several new alkyl and aryl dicationic derivatives of cyclic triphosphenium ions have been synthesised in solution via two alternative routes; five of these ions have been structurally characterised by X-ray diffraction at 120 K.

Graphical abstract: Alkyl and aryl dicationic derivatives of cyclic triphosphenium ions
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Rhodium catalysed dehydrogenative borylation of alkenes: Vinylboronates via C–H activation

Alkenes can be converted to useful vinylboronate esters using B2pin2, B2neop2, or HBpin and trans-[RhCl(CO)(PPh3)2] as the catalyst precursor via conventional or microwave heating.

Graphical abstract: Rhodium catalysed dehydrogenative borylation of alkenes: Vinylboronates via C–H activation
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N-Phosphino-amidines and -guanidines: synthesis, structure and P,N-chelate chemistry

A readily prepared family of tuneable N-phosphino-amidines and -guanidines is reported, whose dynamic behaviour, donor characteristics and versatile κ2-P,N-chelate ability have been explored.

Graphical abstract: N-Phosphino-amidines and -guanidines: synthesis, structure and P,N-chelate chemistry
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Halogen-containing tetrametallic aluminium alkoxides

New halogen-containing tetrametallic aluminium alkoxides of formula [Al{(µ-OEt)2AlMeCl}3] (2-cis; 2-trans), and [Al{(µ-OEt)2AlBr2}3] (4), have been synthesized by combining Al(OEt)3 and Me2AlCl (for 2) or EtAlBr2 (for 4). The structure of 4 is shown.

Graphical abstract: Halogen-containing tetrametallic aluminium alkoxides
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Synthesis and structures of some new types of lithium β-diketiminates

Novel lithium salts: the binucleating β-diketiminates (2, 3, 6, 7), the mixed β-diketiminate/1,3-diazaallyl (9), the enamide (1) and the isoindolinide (5) are reported.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and structures of some new types of lithium β-diketiminates
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New 13-vertex metallacarborane sandwich compounds; synthetic and structural studies

[4,4′-M-(1,10-closo-C2B10H12)2]n anions are reported. With [K(18-crown-6)]+ B–H⋯K+ interactions help prevent crystallographic disorder. The relative conformations of the two MC2B10 cages are rationalised in terms of the metal valence electron count.

Graphical abstract: New 13-vertex metallacarborane sandwich compounds; synthetic and structural studies
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Coordination chemistry of a new P,Te-centred ligand: synthesis, NMR spectra and X-ray structures of M(TePPri2NPPri2)2 (M = Zn, Cd, Hg)

The lithium salt of an anionic P,Te-chelating ligand was prepared from TePri2PNP(H)Pri2 and BunLi and reacted in situ with group 12 metal chlorides to generate homoleptic coordination complexes.

Graphical abstract: Coordination chemistry of a new P,Te-centred ligand: synthesis, NMR spectra and X-ray structures of M(TePPri2NPPri2)2 (M = Zn, Cd, Hg)
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Boron trihalide mediated haloallylation of aryl aldehydes: reaction and mechanistic insight

The reaction of aryl aldehydes with allylsilanes in the presence of boron trihalides produces haloallylated products. Mechanistic details are presented.

Graphical abstract: Boron trihalide mediated haloallylation of aryl aldehydes: reaction and mechanistic insight
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Cyanide ion complexation by a cationic borane

The cationic borane [1-(Mes2B)-8-(Me3NCH2)-C10H6]+ ([2]+) complexes cyanide to form [1-(Mes2(NC)B)-8-(Me3NCH2)-C10H6] (2-CN). This reaction also occurs under biphasic conditions and may serve to transport cyanide in organic phases.

Graphical abstract: Cyanide ion complexation by a cationic borane
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Quenched gas-phase reactions of tetraborane(10), B4H10, with substituted alkynes: new nido-dicarbapentaboranes and arachno-monocarbapentaboranes

New derivatives of the nido-dicarbapentaborane, 1,2-C2B3H7, are formed in gas-phase reactions of B4H10 with substituted ethynes RC[triple bond, length as m-dash]CR′ (R = Me, Et, nPr, tBu or Me3Si, R′ = H; R = Me or Et, R′ = Me).

Graphical abstract: Quenched gas-phase reactions of tetraborane(10), B4H10, with substituted alkynes: new nido-dicarbapentaboranes and arachno-monocarbapentaboranes
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A re-evaluation of the two-step spin crossover in the trinuclear cation [Co3(dipyridylamido)4Cl2]+

Density functional theory reveals the remarkable diradical character of the extended metal atom chain [Co3(dpa)4Cl2]+ (dpa = the anion of 2-dipyridylamine).

Graphical abstract: A re-evaluation of the two-step spin crossover in the trinuclear cation [Co3(dipyridylamido)4Cl2]+
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Gallium oxide thin films from the AACVD of [Ga(NMe2)3]2 and donor functionalised alcohols

Thin films of Ga2O3 have been produced from [Ga(NMe2)3]2 and ROH (R = CH2CH2NMe2, CH(CH2NMe2)2, CH(CH3)CH2NMe2, CH2CH2OMe, HOC(CH3)2CH2OMe) by aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition on glass.

Graphical abstract: Gallium oxide thin films from the AACVD of [Ga(NMe2)3]2 and donor functionalised alcohols
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Multinuclear NMR studies of the products resulting from the reaction of pyridine or 2,2′-bipyridine with [Rh4(CO)12]

Addition of py or bipy to [Rh4(CO)12] results in immediate disproportionation to give anionic Rh5-clusters, which have been structurally characterized in solution using both 1D and 2D NMR methods; their geometries are all structurally related but subtly different.

Graphical abstract: Multinuclear NMR studies of the products resulting from the reaction of pyridine or 2,2′-bipyridine with [Rh4(CO)12]
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Protonated tert-pentyl dication (C5H122+, isopentane dication)

Structures of protonated tert-pentyl dication (C5H122+, isopentane dication) were calculated at the MP2/cc-pvtz level.

Graphical abstract: Protonated tert-pentyl dication (C5H122+, isopentane dication)
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Bulky aryl functionalized carbazolyl ligands: amido alternatives to the 2,6-diarylphenyl ligand class?

Sterically encumbered amido ligands based on a 1,8-diarylcarbazol-9-yl backbone have been investigated as electronically distinct alternatives to the widely-used terphenyl ligand class in the stabilization of low-coordinate metal complexes, and structurally characterized for the first time (see Figure).

Graphical abstract: Bulky aryl functionalized carbazolyl ligands: amido alternatives to the 2,6-diarylphenyl ligand class?
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Synthesis, reactivity and complexation studies of N,S exo-heterodisubstituted o-carborane ligands. Carborane as a platform to produce the uncommon bidentate chelating (pyridine)N-C-C-C-S(H) motif

The species 1-(2′-pyridyl)-2-SR-1,2-closo-C2B10H10 and [7-(2′-pyridyl)-8-SR-7,8-nido-C2B9H10] have been prepared and their enantiomers isolated. [PdCl(1-(2'-pyridyl)-2-S-1,2-closo-C2B10H10)(PPh3)2] is one of the two examples of a rigid bidentate chelating (pyridine)N-C-C-C-S(H) motif having been structurally characterized.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, reactivity and complexation studies of N,S exo-heterodisubstituted o-carborane ligands. Carborane as a platform to produce the uncommon bidentate chelating (pyridine)N-C-C-C-S(H) motif
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Vectorial property dependence in bis{4′-(n-pyridyl)-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine}iron(II) and ruthenium(II) complexes with n = 2, 3 and 4

Structural and spectroscopic studies of [M(L)2]2+, (M = Fe or Ru; L = 4′-(2-pyridyl)-, 4′-(3-pyridyl)- and 4′-(4-pyridyl)-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine) are reported. The complexes undergo mono- and bis-N-methylation with changes in the absorption spectra and electrochemical properties.

Graphical abstract: Vectorial property dependence in bis{4′-(n-pyridyl)-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine}iron(ii) and ruthenium(ii) complexes with n = 2, 3 and 4
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Expansion of iridaborane clusters by addition of monoborane. Novel metallaboranes and mechanistic detail

Cluster expansion of arachno-1-{η5-C5Me5IrH2}B3H7 with BH3·THF results in the formation of three nido clusters, 1-(η5-C5Me5Ir)B5H9, 3-(η5-C5Me5Ir)B9H13and 3,4-(η5-C5Me5Ir)2B8H12 along with the isolation of an exopolyhedral cluster, nido-3,4-(η5-C5Me5Ir)2B8H13(µ-BH2).

Graphical abstract: Expansion of iridaborane clusters by addition of monoborane. Novel metallaboranes and mechanistic detail
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Hypervalent hydridosilicates: synthesis, structure and hydride bridging

A range of hydridosilicate and fluorosilicate anions adopt a trigonal bipyramidal geometry with axial hydride and fluoride ligands engaging in Si–H⋯K+ and Si–F⋯K+ bridges to crown ether complexed potassium counter-ions.

Graphical abstract: Hypervalent hydridosilicates: synthesis, structure and hydride bridging
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The gas-phase structure of 1-selena-closo-dodecaborane(11), 1-SeB11H11, determined by the concerted use of electron diffraction and computational methods

The molecular structure of 1-SeB11H11 has been determined, showing that it is distorted from a regular icosahedron through the expansion of the pentagon of boron atoms adjacent to selenium.

Graphical abstract: The gas-phase structure of 1-selena-closo-dodecaborane(11), 1-SeB11H11, determined by the concerted use of electron diffraction and computational methods
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1-Trimethylsilylphosphirane as a ligand and as a stable masked reagent for phosphirane

Thermally stable trimethylsilylphosphirane is readily prepared in good yield from tris-trimethylsilylphosphine. The silyl phosphirane is a convenient source of phosphirane by protonolysis in the free state or whilst coordinated.

Graphical abstract: 1-Trimethylsilylphosphirane as a ligand and as a stable masked reagent for phosphirane
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Syntheses, structures and redox properties of some complexes containing the Os(dppe)Cp* fragment, including [{Os(dppe)Cp*}2(μ-C[triple bond, length as m-dash]CC[triple bond, length as m-dash]C)]

The [{Os(dppe)Cp*}2(μ-C[triple bond, length as m-dash]CC[triple bond, length as m-dash]C)]n+ complexes have electronic structures comparable with those of the Ru and, to a lesser extent, Fe analogues.

Graphical abstract: Syntheses, structures and redox properties of some complexes containing the Os(dppe)Cp* fragment, including [{Os(dppe)Cp*}2(μ-C [[triple bond, length as m-dash]] CC [[triple bond, length as m-dash]] C)]
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Cationic rhodium mono-phosphine fragments partnered with carborane monoanions [closo-CB11H6X6] (X = H, Br). Synthesis, structures and reactivity with alkenes

Mono-phosphine rhodium fragments partnered with the carborane anions [closo-CB11H12] and [closo-CB11H6Br6] have been prepared and their reactivity with alkenes investigated.

Graphical abstract: Cationic rhodium mono-phosphine fragments partnered with carborane monoanions [closo-CB11H6X6]− (X = H, Br). Synthesis, structures and reactivity with alkenes
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A ligand influence on the stability of heterobimetallic complexes containing the Ti(µ-O)Al skeleton. Transformation of heterometallic systems to the homometallic Ti(IV) and Al(III) complexes

Heterobimetallic complexes, supported by the bulky NacNac ligand and containing the Ti(µ-O)Al skeleton transformed to the homometallic Ti(IV) and Al(III) complexes LAlMe2 and LTiMe(µ-O)2TiMeL or LAlMeCl and LTiCl(µ-O)2TiClL.

Graphical abstract: A ligand influence on the stability of heterobimetallic complexes containing the Ti(µ-O)Al skeleton. Transformation of heterometallic systems to the homometallic Ti(iv) and Al(iii) complexes
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About this collection

It is a pleasure to write the preface to this 'special collection of articles' of Dalton Transactions dedicated to Ken Wade. Ken's name is, of course, familiar to every student and practicing inorganic chemist from his pioneering work concerned with the relationship between structure and electron count in polyhedral cluster systems, and indeed, his early proposals regarding what are now known generally as 'isolobal relationships'. True to the nature of the man, Ken's lectures and discussions on the subject are mostly conducted with reference to "Bloggs' Rules." Others will perhaps be more familiar with the polyhedral skeletal electron pair theory under alternative names!

Throughout his career, Ken's contributions to main group and inorganic chemistry have extended well beyond his insights into electron-counting and bonding. He has carried out many important studies on the synthesis and structures of main group compounds. His Ph.D. research, with Norman Greenwood at Nottingham University, focussed on conductivity of molten adducts. His postdoctoral studies, carried out at Cambridge with Harry Emeléus, were on reactions of diborane, and those at Cornell with Albert Laubengayer, were on organonitrogen-aluminium chemistry. Ken became a lecturer at Durham in 1961, where he continued to be extremely active in the area of synthetic main group chemistry. He has been a key contributor to the areas of azomethine, lithium amide and organolithium chemistry, in addition to publishing seminal papers on electron-counting rules. Ken was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989, in recognition of his contributions to chemistry and was elected President of Dalton Division of The Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996.

From a personal perspective, Ken has had a major impact on all of our lives, taking us under his wing in one role or another during the formative stages of our academic careers. Even though he formally retired 10 years ago, Ken maintains a tireless enthusiasm for chemistry, writing books and original papers, reviewing articles, attending chemistry meetings, and giving invited lectures around the world. Many chemists agreed without hesitation to contribute their work to this special collection of Dalton Transactions articles. We are delighted to pay tribute to Ken for his friendship, his role as a teacher and mentor, and his important and extensive contributions to chemistry. This collection is a token of our appreciation of a truly outstanding chemist, Professor Ken Wade, F.R.S.

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