Inorganic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties and reactions of all chemical elements and compounds except for organic compounds (hydrocarbons and their derivatives).

Latest Research and Reviews

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    Low-molecular-weight, highly branched polyethylenes are attractive candidates for synthetic lubricants, but their efficient production is constrained by a lack of effective catalytic methods. While conventional group IV transition metal catalysts produce diverse polyethylenes on a huge scale, they are unable to produce highly branched polyethylenes. Here a hydrocarbon-soluble organozirconium precatalyst and borate cocatalyst produce the desired polyethylenes with excellent activity and branch selectivity.

    • Yanshan Gao
    • , Jiazhen Chen
    • , Yang Wang
    • , David B. Pickens
    • , Alessandro Motta
    • , Q. Jane Wang
    • , Yip-Wah Chung
    • , Tracy L. Lohr
    •  & Tobin J. Marks
  • Research |

    A concise strategy for engineering functional, supramolecular protein complexes has now been developed based on single-mutation-mediated covalent tethering. Metalloproteins designed with this method can sustain large alterations to the metal coordination environment, bind small molecules, exhibit reversible redox activity and sustain large alterations to the protein structure.

    • Jonathan Rittle
    • , Mackenzie J. Field
    • , Michael T. Green
    •  & F. Akif Tezcan
  • Research | | open

    Finding new thermoelectric materials that can achieve high performance is vital to realizing the potential of future energy harvesting technology. Here, through computation methods, the authors identify two high-performance full-Heusler thermoelectric compounds with high intrinsic band degeneracy.

    • Jiangang He
    • , Yi Xia
    • , S. Shahab Naghavi
    • , Vidvuds Ozoliņš
    •  & Chris Wolverton
  • Research | | open

    The bandgap of mixed-halide perovskites can be continuously tuned by changing the halide ratio, but the crystals have poor photo-stability. Here the authors show that photoinduced phase separation is suppressed when perovskite nanocrystals are embedded in a non-perovskite endotaxial matrix.

    • Xi Wang
    • , Yichuan Ling
    • , Xiujun Lian
    • , Yan Xin
    • , Kamal B. Dhungana
    • , Fernando Perez-Orive
    • , Javon Knox
    • , Zhizhong Chen
    • , Yan Zhou
    • , Drake Beery
    • , Kenneth Hanson
    • , Jian Shi
    • , Shangchao Lin
    •  & Hanwei Gao
  • Research | | open

    Carbonyl complexes have been studied extensively thanks to their rich substitution and redox chemistry, but most homoleptic transition metal carbonyl complexes isolated in the condensed phase are neutral or anionic. Here, the authors isolate two homoleptic carbonyl radical cations in the condensed phase; both 17-electron [Cr(CO)6]•+ salts.

    • Jan Bohnenberger
    • , Wolfram Feuerstein
    • , Daniel Himmel
    • , Michael Daub
    • , Frank Breher
    •  & Ingo Krossing

News and Comment

  • Research Highlights |

    Particle swarm optimization allows one to search vast compositional space for new viable species. Additionally, simulating high pressures has enabled the prediction of hypervalent species such as IF8.

    • David Schilter
  • Research Highlights |

    Oxidation states and radii of cations dictate their arrangement in double perovskite oxides and influence the material’s properties. Isovalent cations are known to be disordered in double perovskite oxides, but an unusual ordering of Fe3+ and Al3+ has been found in Bi2FeAlO6.

    • Jacilynn Brant
  • Research Highlights |

    Facile isotopic labelling of carbon has been demonstrated using Pd-catalysed exchange of an acid chloride carbonyl with carbon monoxide.

    • Stephen G. Davey
  • Research Highlights |

    Martian sediments and meteorites contain a complex mixture of inorganic and organic materials. The identities and localizations of these species point to a mechanism of organic synthesis that begins with the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide.

    • David Schilter
  • News and Views |

    Superoxide dismutase mimics can help regulate the levels of O2•− in the body, but typically rely on redox-active metals that are toxic in their free form. Now, a complex featuring a redox-active quinol moiety complexed to a redox-inactive zinc centre has been shown to catalyse O2•− dismutation.

    • Diane E. Cabelli
    Nature Chemistry 10, 1173-1175