The image shows a relief map of the induced current density — one of several state-of-the-art methods for examining aromaticity — applied to a tri-thorium cluster. The height of plots are proportional to the current intensity at each point.

Assessing aromaticity in actinide clusters

Aromaticity is a controversial topic but the development of state-of-the-art probes can help to assess the aromaticity of heavy element clusters.


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      • Seongkoo Kang
      • Suwon Lee
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    • The assessment of the aromaticity of actinide compounds has proven a controversial task. This Perspective highlights the application of state-of-the-art computational tools in assessing the aromaticity of actinide complexes and clusters and explains why commonly used magnetic probes, not just the nucleus-independent chemical shift but also the magnetically induced ring current, might be insufficient for assessing the aromaticity of these species.

      • Zahra Badri
      • Cina Foroutan-Nejad
    • The catalyst-controlled stereoselective synthesis of atropisomers is feasible by four main concepts: desymmetrization, (dynamic) kinetic resolution, direct formation of the stereogenic axis and de novo ring construction. In this Review, pioneering work in atroposelective catalysis is discussed alongside recent advances.

      • Tanno A. Schmidt
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Disability inclusion in chemistry

A collection to highlight an all-too-often overlooked aspect of DEI in chemistry: disability.
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