Coordination chemistry articles from across Nature Portfolio

Coordination chemistry is the study of compounds that have a central atom (often metallic) surrounded by molecules or anions, known as ligands. The ligands are attached to the central atom by dative bonds, also known as coordinate bonds, in which both electrons in the bond are supplied by the same atom on the ligand.


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    The conversion of nitrogen (N2) to ammonia (NH3) is a key enabler in increasing global food production and nitrogen-containing feedstocks; however, the industrial process for producing NH3 from atmospheric N2 is energy intensive and has a large carbon footprint. Now, an efficient and mild catalytic method for the reduction of N2 has been demonstrated, contributing to the development of a more sustainable process for the production of NH3.

    • Robert A. Flowers II
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    Charge-transfer emission of any type is extremely rare for coordination complexes of iron. Now, an Fe(iii) complex has been devised that shows two-colour luminescence arising from dual metal-to-ligand and ligand-to-metal charge-transfer emission.

    • Robert J. Ortiz
    •  & David E. Herbert
    Nature Chemistry 15, 446-447
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    The isolation of a rare example of a highly reactive low-valent carbon compound — a carbyne anion complex — enables the discovery of low-valent carbon transfer reactions.

    • Didier Bourissou
    Nature Synthesis 2, 317-318
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    Organic–inorganic lead halide perovskites are highly promising materials for solar cell devices, but their widespread commercialization is hindered by their poor environmental stability. Now, porous organic cages are shown to stabilize methylammonium lead iodide films under hot and humid conditions.

    • Victoria Richards