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Metal–metal and metal–ligand interactions endow heavy organometallics with properties valuable for supramolecular, optical and electronic applications.

Latest Reviews

  • Review Article |

    Correlated disorder drives a variety of important and useful physical properties in crystalline materials. This Review explores the link between disorder and function, and surveys the core design principles that enable targeted control over correlated disorder in crystals.

    • Arkadiy Simonov
    •  & Andrew L. Goodwin
  • Review Article |

    Demand for energy-dense electrochemical storage systems has drawn increasing focus to metal–gas batteries. This Review describes the chemistry of these batteries and the underlying trade-offs between energy density and electrochemical reversibility.

    • Haining Gao
    •  & Betar M. Gallant
  • Perspective |

    Affinity selection-mass spectrometry enables rapid screening of compound mixtures against a specific biomolecular target. This assay lets us identify ligands irrespective of their binding site and is amenable to the discovery of novel drugs.

    • Renaud Prudent
    • , D. Allen Annis
    • , Peter J. Dandliker
    • , Jean-Yves Ortholand
    •  & Didier Roche
  • Perspective |

    Bimetallic complexes are fertile territory for investigating metal–metal cooperativity. This Perspective highlights how complexes with two proximal metals have tunable features of relevance to bond activation, catalysis and unprecedented reactivity.

    • Jesús Campos

News & Comment

  • Research Highlight |

    Silicon and germanium are predicted to form stable planar pentacoordinate species when inside a ring of five donor atoms.

    • David Schilter
  • Research Highlight |

    Using a small organic cage structure as a node has enabled the preparation of a new 3D covalent organic framework.

    • Stephen G. Davey
  • Research Highlight |

    Exact solution to the Schrödinger equation for multiple electron systems typically comes at high computational cost. PauliNet uses deep learning quantum Monte Carlo to find multidimensional wavefunctions that describe molecules with up to 30 electrons.

    • Gabriella Graziano
  • Research Highlight |

    Single-molecule conductance measurements enable different conformers of cyclohexane to be observed at room temperature.

    • Stephen G. Davey
  • Research Highlight |

    Spectroscopy reveals the speciation of a merocyanine photoacid that serves as a light-sensitive pH switch.

    • David Schilter

Collection

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their pioneering work in gene-editing.