Organometallic chemistry articles from across Nature Portfolio

Organometallic chemistry is the study of the synthesis, structure and reactivity of chemical compounds that contain metal-carbon bonds. These compounds are often used as homogeneous catalysts.

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    Reductive anti-1,2-dimetallation of alkynes proceeds through the use of sodium dispersion as a reducing agent and an organomagnesium or organoaluminum halide as a reduction-resistant electrophile. The reaction stereoselectively generates trans-1,2-dimagnesio- or 1,2-dialuminoalkenes, which show useful reactivity.

    Nature Synthesis 2, 90-91
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    The study of rare isotopes, including many in the f-block, is a key step to advancing our fundamental understanding of these elements, but their scarcity poses challenges. Now, minute amounts of such materials have been isolated and characterized through complexation with polyoxometalate clusters.

    • Kristina O. Kvashnina
    Nature Chemistry 14, 1337-1338
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    An article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society reports azobenzene crystals that roll continuously under visible light, thanks to crystal packing effects that shift azobenzene’s light-responsive window.

    • Ariane Vartanian
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    β-Hydride and β-heteroatom eliminations are competitive processes in many Pd-catalysed reactions but general strategies for controlling this selectivity have not been established. Now, a mechanistic study of Pd-alkyl complexes demonstrates that the choice of phosphine ligands and leaving groups controls selectivity.

    • Ming-Hsiu Yang
    •  & Ryan A. Altman
    Nature Synthesis 1, 753-754
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    Remarkably simple conditions can convert fac-Ir(iii) arylpyridine complexes to the less thermodynamically stable mer-isomers. The organoiridium complexes are considered highly effective luminescent molecular switches.

    • Stephanie Greed