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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.

    • David Schilter
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  • A deep dive into the mechanism of a classic photoredox reaction.

    • Stephen G. Davey
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  • 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.

    • David Schilter
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  • 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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  • Twisted nanoribbons with up to 322 atoms in the aromatic core (53 rings) have been prepared.

    • Thomas West
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  • Gold(III) complexes can undergo facile reductive elimination of aryl halides, particularly when bulky co-ligands are present. This study informs us about the elementary reactions of copper(III) congeners, which are prominent intermediates in organic cross-couplings.

    • David Schilter
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  • Surface tension can help peel a 2D drawing away from the paper and convert it into a 3D object.

    • Gabriella Graziano
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  • A combined experimental and computational approach provides structural insight into amorphous metal–organic frameworks.

    • Claire Ashworth
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  • A diversity-oriented synthesis approach to prepare libraries of porous materials has enabled the identification of polymers with specific and tunable lithium-ion transport properties that may be applied in the production of more efficient batteries and fuel cells.

    • Stacey-Lynn Paiva
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  • (−)-Isoscopariusin A is the fourth natural product with potential immunosuppressive activity to be isolated from Isodon scoparius — a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine. Its synthesis will enable further study of its interesting biological activity.

    • Stephen G. Davey
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  • Redox-responsive supramolecular nanoparticle surfactants can aid the preparation and control of all-liquid constructs.

    • Gabriella Graziano
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  • A new direct route to amine-linked covalent organic frameworks affords robust crystalline materials amenable to post-synthetic modification.

    • Claire Ashworth
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  • Splat chemistry fires molecules at a surface and then analyses the products that remain attached in order to study the dynamics of collision-activated reactions

    • Stephen G. Davey
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  • The dynamic process of sodium chloride nucleation and growth has been recorded in real time and with atomistic resolution.

    • Gabriella Graziano
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  • A re-evaluation of the design principles of organocatalysts for atom transfer radical polymerization has led to the development of heteroatom-doped polycyclic arenes as highly active photocatalysts.

    • Johannes Kreutzer
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  • Bio-othogonal chemistry lets us determine the fate of a lignin monomer using a radical tag and EPR spectroscopy.

    • David Schilter
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  • An electrosynthetic coupling of olefins with ketones provides an alternative approach to synthesize tertiary alcohols traditionally prepared through Grignard addition to ketones, providing a forward path for an unusual disconnection.

    • Stephen G. Davey
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  • Isotopic fractionation of mercury in fish and amphipods reveals that, after release into the atmosphere by human activities, it can reach species in the deep ocean trenches — some of the purest ecosystems.

    • Gabriella Graziano
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  • X-ray crystal structures of transient intermediates obtained during reactions can provide direct evidence of reaction mechanisms and potentially information on structure–reactivity relationships.

    • Stephen G. Davey
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