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Themed collection Most popular 2019-2020 inorganic, main group and crystal engineering chemistry articles

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Aperiodic metal–organic frameworks

This perspective discusses progress and future directions in metal–organic frameworks with aperiodic structures. Reported quasicrystalline and incommensurate materials are presented, and pathways towards designing new such materials are provided.

Graphical abstract: Aperiodic metal–organic frameworks
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Recent advances in low oxidation state aluminium chemistry

Documenting the synthesis and isolation of novel low oxidation state aluminium (Al) compounds, which until recently has seen relatively slow progress over the 30 years since such species were first isolated.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in low oxidation state aluminium chemistry
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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
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Rhenium versus cadmium: an alternative structure for a thermally stable cadmium carbonyl compound

The previously reported novel cadmium carbonyl compound, [Cd(CO)3(C6H3Cl)]4, is better formulated as the rhenium compound, [Re(CO)3(C4N2H3S)]4.

Graphical abstract: Rhenium versus cadmium: an alternative structure for a thermally stable cadmium carbonyl compound
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Photo-triggered hydrogen atom transfer from an iridium hydride complex to unactivated olefins

Upon irradiation with visible light, an iridium hydride complex undergoes hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) to unactivated olefins in presence of a sacrificial electron donor and a proton source.

Graphical abstract: Photo-triggered hydrogen atom transfer from an iridium hydride complex to unactivated olefins
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On/off porosity switching and post-assembly modifications of Cu4L4 metal–organic polyhedra

The crystal packing and porosity of Cu4L4 metal–organic polyhedra can be controlled by exploiting their rich solvatomorphism, structural non-rigidity and amenability to covalent post-assembly modifications.

Graphical abstract: On/off porosity switching and post-assembly modifications of Cu4L4 metal–organic polyhedra
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Metal complexes as a promising source for new antibiotics

There is a dire need for new compounds to combat antibiotic resistance: metal complexes might provide the solution. 906 metal complexes were evaluated against dangerous ESKAPE pathogens and found to have a higher hit-rate than organic molecules.

Graphical abstract: Metal complexes as a promising source for new antibiotics
From the themed collection: 2020 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
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Stable group 8 metal porphyrin mono- and bis(dialkylcarbene) complexes: synthesis, characterization, and catalytic activity

We report the isolation, X-ray crystal structures, reactivity and DFT calculations of iron- and ruthenium-mono(dialkylcarbene) and osmium-bis(dialkylcarbene) porphyrins and diarylcarbene transfer/insertion reactions catalyzed by iron-mono(dialkylcarbene) porphyrin.

Graphical abstract: Stable group 8 metal porphyrin mono- and bis(dialkylcarbene) complexes: synthesis, characterization, and catalytic activity
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Supramolecular assembly of bent dinuclear amphiphilic alkynylplatinum(II) terpyridine complexes: diverse nanostructures through subtle tuning of the mode of molecular stacking

A new class of bent amphiphilic alkynylplatinum(II) terpyridine complexes was found to adopt different modes of molecular stacking to give diverse nanostructures.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular assembly of bent dinuclear amphiphilic alkynylplatinum(ii) terpyridine complexes: diverse nanostructures through subtle tuning of the mode of molecular stacking
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice – Subi George
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Ruthenium based antimicrobial theranostics – using nanoscopy to identify therapeutic targets and resistance mechanisms in Staphylococcus aureus

A detailed study on the uptake and antimicrobial activity of a RuII theranostic complex with wild-type S. aureus, MRSA, and other mutants has identified the specific resistance mechanisms that Gram-positive bacteria display against this lead.

Graphical abstract: Ruthenium based antimicrobial theranostics – using nanoscopy to identify therapeutic targets and resistance mechanisms in Staphylococcus aureus
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Mining predicted crystal structure landscapes with high throughput crystallisation: old molecules, new insights

New crystal forms of two well-studied organic molecules are identified in a computationally targeted way, by combining structure prediction with a robotic crystallisation screen, including a ‘hidden’ porous polymorph of trimesic acid.

Graphical abstract: Mining predicted crystal structure landscapes with high throughput crystallisation: old molecules, new insights
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A nano-cocktail of an NIR-II emissive fluorophore and organoplatinum(II) metallacycle for efficient cancer imaging and therapy

A novel NIR-II theranostic nanoprobe, PSY (∼110 nm), was concisely developed, which demonstrated excellent photostability, high tumor uptake, superior S/N ratios and more efficient cancer treatment with minimal side effects than cisplatin.

Graphical abstract: A nano-cocktail of an NIR-II emissive fluorophore and organoplatinum(ii) metallacycle for efficient cancer imaging and therapy
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Thermodynamic and kinetic studies of H2 and N2 binding to bimetallic nickel-group 13 complexes and neutron structure of a Ni(η2-H2) adduct

Binding energies for H2 and N2 at nickel become more exergonic for the larger group 13 sigma-accepting supports.

Graphical abstract: Thermodynamic and kinetic studies of H2 and N2 binding to bimetallic nickel-group 13 complexes and neutron structure of a Ni(η2-H2) adduct
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Combinatorial design of multimeric chelating peptoids for selective metal coordination

The combinatorial synthesis of a new library of tetrameric peptoid ligands is introduced, enabling coordination and characterization of f-block metals.

Graphical abstract: Combinatorial design of multimeric chelating peptoids for selective metal coordination
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Mechanism of magnetisation relaxation in {MIII2DyIII2} (M = Cr, Mn, Fe, Al) “Butterfly” complexes: how important are the transition metal ions here?

Tuning of relaxation of magnetisation through 3d metal ion variations in 3d2Dy2 butterflies.

Graphical abstract: Mechanism of magnetisation relaxation in {MIII2DyIII2} (M = Cr, Mn, Fe, Al) “Butterfly” complexes: how important are the transition metal ions here?
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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
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Facile synthesis of 1D organic–inorganic perovskite micro-belts with high water stability for sensing and photonic applications

The development of low-dimensional perovskite micro/nanostructures with high water stability for novel photonic/electronic applications is highly desirable.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis of 1D organic–inorganic perovskite micro-belts with high water stability for sensing and photonic applications
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Origin of the isotropic motion in crystalline molecular rotors with carbazole stators

Herein we report two crystalline molecular rotors 1 and 4 that show extremely narrow signals in deuterium solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

Graphical abstract: Origin of the isotropic motion in crystalline molecular rotors with carbazole stators
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Bimetallic nickel-lutetium complexes: tuning the properties and catalytic hydrogenation activity of the Ni site by varying the Lu coordination environment

Varying the Lu coordination environment tunes the Ni–Lu interaction and the catalytic activity of the Ni site in styrene hydrogenation.

Graphical abstract: Bimetallic nickel-lutetium complexes: tuning the properties and catalytic hydrogenation activity of the Ni site by varying the Lu coordination environment
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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
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Cobalt-bridged secondary building units in a titanium metal–organic framework catalyze cascade reduction of N-heteroarenes

We report here the synthesis of a robust Ti–MOF with novel SBUs and its use as oxo ligands to chelate Co-hydrides for cascade reduction of N-heteroarenes.

Graphical abstract: Cobalt-bridged secondary building units in a titanium metal–organic framework catalyze cascade reduction of N-heteroarenes
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A concentrated array of copper porphyrin candidate qubits

Metal–organic frameworks enable the synthesis of arrays of atomically precise qubits.

Graphical abstract: A concentrated array of copper porphyrin candidate qubits
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Rare “Janus”-faced Image ID:c8sc04384a-t1.gif single-molecule magnet exhibiting intramolecular ferromagnetic interactions

The unusual ferromagnetically coupled Image ID:c8sc04384a-t2.gif compound was prepared by the use of Me3SiN3 with the metal ions being exclusively bridged by end-on N3. Th cationic molecule is a rare example of a 3d-metal cluster exhibiting a “Janus”-faced SMM behavior for the dried and wet forms.

Graphical abstract: Rare “Janus”-faced single-molecule magnet exhibiting intramolecular ferromagnetic interactions
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Oxygen uptake in complexes related to [NiFeS]- and [NiFeSe]-hydrogenase active sites

The NiFe hydrogenase biomimetics are protected from oxygen invaders by sulfur and selenium castle guards.

Graphical abstract: Oxygen uptake in complexes related to [NiFeS]- and [NiFeSe]-hydrogenase active sites
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Influence of structure–activity relationships on through-space intervalence charge transfer in metal–organic frameworks with cofacial redox-active units

Metal–organic frameworks incorporating cofacially-aligned redox-active ligands exhibit through-space intervalence charge transfer phenomena.

Graphical abstract: Influence of structure–activity relationships on through-space intervalence charge transfer in metal–organic frameworks with cofacial redox-active units
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Monitoring metal–amyloid-β complexation by a FRET-based probe: design, detection, and inhibitor screening

A FRET-based method was developed for monitoring metal–amyloid-β complexation and identifying inhibitors against such interaction.

Graphical abstract: Monitoring metal–amyloid-β complexation by a FRET-based probe: design, detection, and inhibitor screening
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Topology and porosity control of metal–organic frameworks through linker functionalization

Topology and porosity control of Zr6-based MOFs was achieved by introducing steric functionalization into the conformations of substituted tetracarboxylate linkers.

Graphical abstract: Topology and porosity control of metal–organic frameworks through linker functionalization
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Folding of unstructured peptoids and formation of hetero-bimetallic peptoid complexes upon side-chain-to-metal coordination

Metal ions initiate peptoids helicity that lead to positive allosteric cooperativity.

Graphical abstract: Folding of unstructured peptoids and formation of hetero-bimetallic peptoid complexes upon side-chain-to-metal coordination
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Controllably realizing elastic/plastic bending based on a room-temperature phosphorescent waveguiding organic crystal

The room-temperature phosphorescent DBBZL crystals could exhibit reversible bending and irreversible bending based on one crystal. These flexible crystals exhibit good waveguiding property in straight state, elastic bending state and plastic bending state, demonstrating the application of flexibility.

Graphical abstract: Controllably realizing elastic/plastic bending based on a room-temperature phosphorescent waveguiding organic crystal
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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
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This specially curated collection pulls together some of the most popular articles from 2019 and 2020 in the field of inorganic, main group and crystal engineering chemistry. The collection presents some outstanding contributions to the field, ranging from the mechanism of magnetisation relaxation in butterfly complexes to on/off porosity switching in metal-organic polyhedra, and as with all Chemical Science articles – they are all completely free to access and read. We hope you enjoy browsing through this collection.

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