Coordination chemistry

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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  • News & Views |

    Methods for the direct one-step replacement of a hydrogen atom in a C–H bond by an organic functional group can create enormous possibilities for synthetic applications. On the way to solve this challenge, the discovery of the reaction of organopalladium complexes with olefins opened a new era in catalysis and organic chemistry.

    • Valentine P. Ananikov
    Nature Catalysis 4, 732-733
  • News & Views |

    Transition metal complexes with metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) luminescence and photoactivity typically rely on precious metals such as ruthenium or iridium. Now, two complexes of the Earth-abundant 3d manganese have displayed room-temperature MLCT luminescence in solution and a unique excited-state reactivity.

    • Katja Heinze
    Nature Chemistry 13, 926-928
  • News & Views |

    A new class of interwoven metal–organic containers, including one with a cubic architecture, twelve crossing points and a large internal volume, has now been reported. Interconversion between different self-assembled structures can be triggered by simply exchanging the associated anions.

    • Andrew W. Heard
    • , Natasha M. A. Speakman
    •  & Jonathan R. Nitschke
    Nature Chemistry 13, 824-826
  • Research Highlights |

    An article in Nature Chemistry uses the knowledge gathered in the Cambridge Structural Database to build a machine-learning model that predicts the oxidation states of metal–organic frameworks.

    • Ariane Vartanian
  • Research Highlights |

    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
  • Research Highlights |

    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