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    • Radical philicity — the ability of a radical to act as a nucleophile or an electrophile — is an important, yet often poorly understood, concept. In this Review, we present a qualitative method to understand and predict radical philicity by classifying the typical reactivity of more than 30 types of radicals into nucleophilic or electrophilic behaviour.

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      • Milinda C. Senarathna
      • Eric R. Welin
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    • Radical-pairing interactions were, until recently, considered something of a chemical curiosity. But these weak interactions, on par with hydrogen bonds, are easily switched on and off and, as a result, have become widely exploited in supramolecular chemistry, particularly in the assembly of out-of-equilibrium structures.

      • Kang Cai
      • Long Zhang
      • J. Fraser Stoddart
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    • Molecular decoders are single host matrices able to differentiate analytes by their distinct structural accommodations. Ten years ago, Susumu Kitagawa and co-workers described the prototypical molecular decoder and paved the way for molecular sensing. We now revisit this seminal study and discuss some of the advances that have followed.

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    • Implementing effective chemomechanical coupling in the microscopic world is challenging. This Perspective describes recent advances of chemically-powered swimming or diffusion of objects on the molecular scale, nanoscale and microscale.

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      • Henry Hess
    • Charge-separated organic molecules find diverse applications as functional materials. This Review describes zwitterionicity as a general design principle for ‘smart’ coordination chemistry and the activation of strong bonds.

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      • Karsten Meyer
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  • A disilagermirene is a cyclopropene analogue with an unsaturated Si=Ge moiety. Such rings can be generated and stabilized in the presence of Ni, which the Si=Ge group binds through its σ-bond rather than π-bond.

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    Research Highlight
  • A deep dive into the mechanism of a classic photoredox reaction.

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    Research Highlight
  • Laser ablation enables the study of discrete metal difluorides and their reactions with dioxygen and ozone. Metal-fluoride vibrational energies give an indication of the charge on a metal difluoride moiety and help us rationalize the resultant structures.

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  • An experiment that challenged established dogma opened an entirely new avenue for research in the assembly and control of mechanically interlocked compounds.

    • Ali Trabolsi
  • A range of aryl and alkenyl organosodium reagents can be prepared by halogen–sodium exchange reactions with neopentylsodium and may be a useful alternative to widely used organolithium reagents.

    • Stephen G. Davey
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Celebrating 15 Years of Covalent Organic Frameworks

Celebrating 15 Years of Covalent Organic Frameworks

This collection celebrates 15 years of research on covalent organic frameworks and highlights some of the contributions that were published in journals of the Nature Research portfolio. We hope you enjoy exploring these snippets on the synthesis and structure of COFs, their physical properties, and their application in fields encompassing energy, catalysis, storage and separation.
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