Organometallic chemistry

Organometallic chemistry is the study of the synthesis, structure and reactivity of chemical compounds that contain metal-carbon bonds. These compounds are often used as homogeneous catalysts.


Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research |

    High-throughput computation is especially useful for materials screening where synthesis is challenging. Here, it is used to construct a stability map of ternary nitrides, allowing discovery of stable compounds and providing insight into principles that govern nitride stability.

    • Wenhao Sun
    • , Christopher J. Bartel
    • , Elisabetta Arca
    • , Sage R. Bauers
    • , Bethany Matthews
    • , Bernardo Orvañanos
    • , Bor-Rong Chen
    • , Michael F. Toney
    • , Laura T. Schelhas
    • , William Tumas
    • , Janet Tate
    • , Andriy Zakutayev
    • , Stephan Lany
    • , Aaron M. Holder
    •  & Gerbrand Ceder
    Nature Materials 18, 732-739
  • Research | | open

    Studying the electronic structures and spin transitions of synthetic heme analogs is crucial to advancing our understanding of heme enzyme mechanisms. Here the authors show that a Co(II) porphyrin complex undergoes an unexpected spin state transition upon deprotonation of its axial imidazole ligand.

    • Jianping Zhao
    • , Qian Peng
    • , Zijian Wang
    • , Wei Xu
    • , Hongyan Xiao
    • , Qi Wu
    • , Hao-Ling Sun
    • , Fang Ma
    • , Jiyong Zhao
    • , Cheng-Jun Sun
    • , Jianzhang Zhao
    •  & Jianfeng Li
  • Research | | open

    Synergistic catalysis occurring in an enzyme pocket shows enhanced performance through supramolecular recognition and flexibility. Here the authors design an enzyme-mimic strategy to develop a Co(II) metal-metalloporphyrin gel with excellent synergistically catalytic performance and chemo/stereo selectivity.

    • Weijie Zhang
    • , James J. Dynes
    • , Yongfeng Hu
    • , Pingping Jiang
    •  & Shengqian Ma
  • Research |

    For hydrogen to become a direct, portable fuel source, the difficulties with its storage and subsequent release must be addressed. Here ethylene glycol is shown to act as an efficient, reversible liquid-to-liquid hydrogen carrier—particularly attractive due to its theoretical H2 capacity of 6.5 wt%.

    • You-Quan Zou
    • , Niklas von Wolff
    • , Aviel Anaby
    • , Yinjun Xie
    •  & David Milstein
    Nature Catalysis 2, 415-422

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    A comprehensive chemical space of potential inorganic ternary metal nitrides has been explored by computational methods as a guideline for their experimental synthesis and discovery.

    • Ralf Riedel
    •  & Zhaoju Yu
    Nature Materials 18, 664-665
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Radical intermediates are key species in many chemical transformations. Recent advances have provided a new suite of selective radical alkylation reactions. This Comment highlights pioneering studies using alkyl amines that act as radical precursors in a number of catalytic processes by their conversion to alkylpyridinium salts.

    • Duanyang Kong
    • , Patrick J. Moon
    •  & Rylan J. Lundgren
    Nature Catalysis 2, 473-476
  • News and Views |

    Gold — long presumed to be an inert metal — has been increasingly shaking this image over the past couple of decades, mostly through electrophilic behaviour. Now, a two-coordinate gold complex has been shown to exhibit nucleophilic reactivity, with the insertion of CO2 into its polarized Auδ−–Alδ+ bond.

    • Didier Bourissou
    Nature Chemistry 11, 199-200