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Building a lewis acidic phosphorus
Using the σ- and п-donating properties of carbodiphosphorane ligands, we recently synthesized a phosphorus (III)-containing dication. It is observed to undergo interesting reactivity with PMe3, H2O and MeOH.
Dihaloborenium cations stabilized by a four-membered N-heterocyclic carbene : electron deficiency compensation by asymmetric structural changes
The synthesis, characterization and X-ray analysis of dichloro- and dibromo-borenium cations stabilized by a 4-membered carbene are reported. The ligand's structural changes, atypical for similar systems, were caused by ...
Visible light driven hydrogen evolution by molecular nickel catalysts with time-resolved spectroscopic and DFT insights
Hydrogen (H2) is a clean fuel that can potentially be a future solution for the storage of intermittent renewable energy. However, current H2 production is mainly dominated by the energy intensive steam reforming reaction, ...
Oxidative addition of water and methanol to a dicationic trivalent phosphorus centre
Our recently synthesised phosphorus dication is observed to activate water (and methanol) under reactions conditions atypical for other systems containing a non-metal centre. This particular activation described as oxidative ...