Themed collection Most popular 2021 main group, inorganic and organometallic chemistry articles, 2021

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Azanone (HNO): generation, stabilization and detection

HNO (nitroxyl, azanone), joined the ‘biologically relevant reactive nitrogen species’ family in the 2000s.

Graphical abstract: Azanone (HNO): generation, stabilization and detection
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Main group bimetallic partnerships for cooperative catalysis

Exporting cooperative effects in main group heterobimetallic reagents to catalytic regimes, this Perspective showcases key advances in their applications for hydroelementation, cyclisation, C–C bond formation and polymerization processes.

Graphical abstract: Main group bimetallic partnerships for cooperative catalysis
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Catalysis using transition metal complexes featuring main group metal and metalloid compounds as supporting ligands

Recent development in catalytic application of transition metal complexes having an M–E bond (E = main group metal or metalloid element), which is stabilized by a multidentate ligand, is summarized.

Graphical abstract: Catalysis using transition metal complexes featuring main group metal and metalloid compounds as supporting ligands
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Phosphorus-ylides: powerful substituents for the stabilization of reactive main group compounds

The application of ylide substituents as strong donor ligands for the stabilization of reactive main group compounds with unusual properties and reactivities is discussed.

Graphical abstract: Phosphorus-ylides: powerful substituents for the stabilization of reactive main group compounds
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Direct synthesis and applications of solid silylzinc reagents

The first direct synthesis of PhMe2SiZnI and Me3SiZnI reagents from silyl iodides is described. They can be obtained as solids and stored at 4 °C for extended periods. The versatility of solid Me3SiZnI is demonstrated in a variety of reactions.

Graphical abstract: Direct synthesis and applications of solid silylzinc reagents
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When SF5 outplays CF3: effects of pentafluorosulfanyl decorated scorpionates on copper

Copper–ethylene and carbonyl complexes of the newly developed [Ph2B(3-(SF5)Pz)2] enable the study of ligand steric and electronic effects caused by the –SF5 group (dubbed “super CF3”), and a comparison to the –CF3 bearing analogs.

Graphical abstract: When SF5 outplays CF3: effects of pentafluorosulfanyl decorated scorpionates on copper
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Chromophore-radical excited state antiferromagnetic exchange controls the sign of photoinduced ground state spin polarization

A change in the sign of the ground state electron spin polarization (ESP) is reported in complexes where an organic radical (nitronylnitroxide, NN) is covalently attached to a donor–acceptor chromophore via two different meta-phenylene bridges.

Graphical abstract: Chromophore-radical excited state antiferromagnetic exchange controls the sign of photoinduced ground state spin polarization
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Coinage metal aluminyl complexes: probing regiochemistry and mechanism in the insertion and reduction of carbon dioxide

The differential reactivity of copper, silver and gold aluminyl compounds towards CO2 and other heteroallenes are probed by experimental and quantum chemical methods.

Graphical abstract: Coinage metal aluminyl complexes: probing regiochemistry and mechanism in the insertion and reduction of carbon dioxide
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Ultrafast and long-time excited state kinetics of an NIR-emissive vanadium(III) complex I: synthesis, spectroscopy and static quantum chemistry

Vanadium is an abundant and cheap metal but near-infrared luminescent vanadium complexes are extremely rare with largely unexplored photophysics and photochemistry. We delineate the photodynamics of VCl3(ddpd) to infer novel design strategies.

Graphical abstract: Ultrafast and long-time excited state kinetics of an NIR-emissive vanadium(iii) complex I: synthesis, spectroscopy and static quantum chemistry
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Ultrafast and long-time excited state kinetics of an NIR-emissive vanadium(III) complex II. Elucidating triplet-to-singlet excited-state dynamics

The ultrafast triplet-to-singlet mechanism, responsible for the photoluminescence of the open-shell VIIICl3(ddpd) complex – based on Earth-abundant vanadium – is unraveled using non-adiabatic dynamics in full dimensionality.

Graphical abstract: Ultrafast and long-time excited state kinetics of an NIR-emissive vanadium(iii) complex II. Elucidating triplet-to-singlet excited-state dynamics
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Coexistence of magnetic and electric orderings in a divalent Cr2+-based multiaxial molecular ferroelectric

An organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite Trimethylchloromethylammonium chromium(II) chloride (TMCM–CrCl3) can simultaneously show excellent ferroelectricity and antiferromagnetism, which is the first experimentally confirmed Cr2+-based multiferroic material.

Graphical abstract: Coexistence of magnetic and electric orderings in a divalent Cr2+-based multiaxial molecular ferroelectric
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Modulation of amyloid-β aggregation by metal complexes with a dual binding mode and their delivery across the blood–brain barrier using focused ultrasound

We report a series of non-toxic cobalt(III) complexes which inhibit Aβ peptide aggregation in vitro; these complexes can be safely delivered across the blood–brain barrier in mice using focused ultrasound.

Graphical abstract: Modulation of amyloid-β aggregation by metal complexes with a dual binding mode and their delivery across the blood–brain barrier using focused ultrasound
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Osmium(II) tethered half-sandwich complexes: pH-dependent aqueous speciation and transfer hydrogenation in cells

New Os(II) half-sandwich complexes bearing a pendant alcohol prompt reversible tether-ring formation upon aquation, protecting Os against deactivation. Excitingly, these complexes mediate hydrogenation of pyruvate to lactate inside cancer cells.

Graphical abstract: Osmium(ii) tethered half-sandwich complexes: pH-dependent aqueous speciation and transfer hydrogenation in cells
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Alloying a single and a double perovskite: a Cu+/2+ mixed-valence layered halide perovskite with strong optical absorption

A novel 2D halide perovskite with stoichiometric quantities of Cu+, Cu2+, and In3+ in the inorganic slabs shows emergent properties not seen in CuII or CuI–InIII perovskites, including enhanced visible-light absorption and electronic conductivity.

Graphical abstract: Alloying a single and a double perovskite: a Cu+/2+ mixed-valence layered halide perovskite with strong optical absorption
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Actinide tetra-N-heterocyclic carbene ‘sandwiches’

Highly-symmetrical, thorium and uranium octakis-carbene ‘sandwich’ complexes have been prepared by ‘sandwiching’ the An(IV) cations between two anionic macrocyclic tetra-NHC ligands, one with sixteen atoms and the other with eighteen atoms.

Graphical abstract: Actinide tetra-N-heterocyclic carbene ‘sandwiches’
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Oxidative additions of alkynyl/vinyl iodides to gold and gold-catalyzed vinylation reactions triggered by the MeDalphos ligand

The hemilabile Ad2P(o-C6H4)NMe2 ligand promotes fast, quantitative and irreversible oxidative addition of alkynyl and vinyl iodides to gold.

Graphical abstract: Oxidative additions of alkynyl/vinyl iodides to gold and gold-catalyzed vinylation reactions triggered by the MeDalphos ligand
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How to not build a cage: endohedral functionalization of polyoxometalate-based metal–organic polyhedra

Installation of oversized functions within a metal–organic cage may “burst” or even transform the molecular cage itself.

Graphical abstract: How to not build a cage: endohedral functionalization of polyoxometalate-based metal–organic polyhedra
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Direct amidation of metallaaromatics: access to N-functionalized osmapentalynes via a 1,5-bromoamidated intermediate

The direct C–H amidation of metallapentalyne has been achieved under mild conditions in which key 1,5-bromoamidated intermediates was determined.

Graphical abstract: Direct amidation of metallaaromatics: access to N-functionalized osmapentalynes via a 1,5-bromoamidated intermediate
From the themed collection: 2021 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
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Reversible metathesis of ammonia in an acyclic germylene–Ni0 complex

Chelating single-centre ambiphile ligands based upon low-coordinate, acyclic germylenes have been developed, remaining highly Lewis acidic even when bound to Ni0, remarkably allowing for the reversible metathesis of the N–H bonds in ammonia at GeII.

Graphical abstract: Reversible metathesis of ammonia in an acyclic germylene–Ni0 complex
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Trioxatriangulenium (TOTA+) as a robust carbon-based Lewis acid in frustrated Lewis pair chemistry

Frustration at carbon! Herein, we present a frustrated Lewis pair system derived from a water stable carbon-based Lewis acid, trioxatriangulene (TOTA+), and a variety of Lewis bases, which successfully promotes bond cleavage and molecule fixation.

Graphical abstract: Trioxatriangulenium (TOTA+) as a robust carbon-based Lewis acid in frustrated Lewis pair chemistry
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Pressure-induced phosphorescence enhancement and piezochromism of a carbazole-based cyclic trinuclear Cu(I) complex

One molecule, two response mechanisms: a pair of newly-designed cyclic trinuclear Cu(I) complex crystalline polymorphs are engineered, which show excellent luminescent piezochromism and pressure-induced phosphorescence enhancement, respectively.

Graphical abstract: Pressure-induced phosphorescence enhancement and piezochromism of a carbazole-based cyclic trinuclear Cu(i) complex
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Photoredox catalysis on unactivated substrates with strongly reducing iridium photosensitizers

Strong bis-cyclometalated iridium photoreductants, in combination with a single sacrificial reductant, enable visible-light-promoted reductive activation of a variety of challenging substrates under simple and general reaction conditions.

Graphical abstract: Photoredox catalysis on unactivated substrates with strongly reducing iridium photosensitizers
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On the location of Lewis acidic aluminum in zeolite mordenite and the role of framework-associated aluminum in mediating the switch between Brønsted and Lewis acidity

Framework-associated aluminum is demonstrated to facilitate a reversible switch between Lewis and Brønsted acidity in zeolites with the Lewis acid sites preferentially populating the side-pockets in the case of mordenite.

Graphical abstract: On the location of Lewis acidic aluminum in zeolite mordenite and the role of framework-associated aluminum in mediating the switch between Brønsted and Lewis acidity
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Towards the stable chelation of radium for biomedical applications with an 18-membered macrocyclic ligand

The therapeutic alpha-emitter 223Ra can be stably complexed in vivo, creating opportunities for the development of targeted radiopharmaceutical agents with this radionuclide.

Graphical abstract: Towards the stable chelation of radium for biomedical applications with an 18-membered macrocyclic ligand
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Revealing the bonding of solvated Ru complexes with valence-to-core resonant inelastic X-ray scattering

Combined experimental and theoretical Ru 2p4d resonant inelastic X-ray scattering study probes the chemical bonding and the valence excited states of solvated Ru complexes.

Graphical abstract: Revealing the bonding of solvated Ru complexes with valence-to-core resonant inelastic X-ray scattering
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Soluble, crystalline, and thermally stable alkali CO2 and carbonite (CO22−) clusters supported by cyclic(alkyl)(amino) carbenes

The direct chemical reduction of CAACCO2 adducts by alkali metals to yield multinuclear clusters is reported. The mono- and dianions of CO2 have been studied for decades and are fundamentally important oxycarbanions and critical species in CO2 fixation chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Soluble, crystalline, and thermally stable alkali CO2− and carbonite (CO22−) clusters supported by cyclic(alkyl)(amino) carbenes
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Magnesium–halobenzene bonding: mapping the halogen sigma-hole with a Lewis-acidic complex

Complexes of a highly Lewis acidic Mg cation and the full series of Ph–X (X = F, Cl, Br, I) have been structurally characterized. The Mg⋯X–Ph angle decreases with halogen size on account of the growing halogen σ-hole.

Graphical abstract: Magnesium–halobenzene bonding: mapping the halogen sigma-hole with a Lewis-acidic complex
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A protecting group strategy to access stable lacunary polyoxomolybdates for introducing multinuclear metal clusters

A “protecting group strategy” for unstable lacunary polyoxomolybdates enabled successful synthesis of two types of tetranuclear manganese clusters.

Graphical abstract: A protecting group strategy to access stable lacunary polyoxomolybdates for introducing multinuclear metal clusters
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Nucleophilic reactivity of the gold atom in a diarylborylgold(I) complex toward polar multiple bonds

A di(o-tolyl)borylgold complex added to C[double bond, length as m-dash]O/N double bond to form Au–C and B–O/N bonds. DFT calculations revealed a two-step mechanism consisting of the coordination of O/N atom to B atom followed by nucleophilic migration of Au atom.

Graphical abstract: Nucleophilic reactivity of the gold atom in a diarylborylgold(i) complex toward polar multiple bonds
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Thermo- and light-triggered reversible interconversion of dysprosium–anthracene complexes and their responsive optical, magnetic and dielectric properties

[DyIII(SCN)3(depma)2(4-hpy)2] (1) shows reversible thermo-induced phase transition associated with thermochromism and dielectric anomaly and photo-induced dimerization with synergistic switching of luminescence, magnetic and dielectric properties.

Graphical abstract: Thermo- and light-triggered reversible interconversion of dysprosium–anthracene complexes and their responsive optical, magnetic and dielectric properties
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Holmium(III) molecular nanomagnets for optical thermometry exploring the luminescence re-absorption effect

HoIII complexes bearing organic luminophores and inorganic metalloligands are an effective tool for achieving the unique conjunction of single-molecule magnetism and thermometric luminescence re-absorption phenomenon.

Graphical abstract: Holmium(iii) molecular nanomagnets for optical thermometry exploring the luminescence re-absorption effect
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“Bottled” spiro-doubly aromatic trinuclear [Pd2Ru]+ complexes

Synthesis of a triangular [Pd2Ru]+ complex with delocalized metal–metal bonding between non-adjacent elements of the periodic table, double aromaticity and overlap of d-AOs with different angular momentum.

Graphical abstract: “Bottled” spiro-doubly aromatic trinuclear [Pd2Ru]+ complexes
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