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Selective reduction and homologation of carbon monoxide by organometallic iron complexes (2018)
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Sharpe, H. R., Geer, A. M., Taylor, L. J., Gridley, B. M., Blundell, T. J., Blake, A. J., …Kays, D. L. (2018). Selective reduction and homologation of carbon monoxide by organometallic iron complexes. Nature Communications, 9, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06242. ISSN 2041-1723

Carbon monoxide is a key C1 feedstock for the industrial production of hydrocarbons, where it is used to make millions of tonnes of chemicals, fuels, and solvents per annum. Many transition metal complexes can coordinate CO2 but the formation of new... Read More

Heterobimetallic [NiFe] complexes containing mixed CO/CN− ligands: analogs of the active site of the [NiFe] hydrogenases (2018)
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hydrogenases. Inorganic Chemistry, 57(5), doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02905. ISSN 0020-1669

The development of synthetic analogs of the active sites of [NiFe] hydrogenases remains challenging and, in spite of the number of complexes featuring a [NiFe] center, those featuring CO and CN− ligands at the Fe center are under-represented. We repo... Read More

Unusual and tunable negative linear compressibility in the metal–organic framework MFM-133(M)(M = Zr, Hf) (2018)
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Yan, Y., O'Connor, A. E., Kanthasamy, G., Atkinson, G., Allan, D. R., Blake, A. J., & Schröder, M. (in press). Unusual and tunable negative linear compressibility in the metal–organic framework MFM-133(M)(M = Zr, Hf). Journal of the American Chemical Society, doi:10.1021/jacs.7b11747. ISSN 0002-7863

High pressure single-crystal X-ray structural analyses of isostructural MFM-133(M) (M = Zr, Hf) of flu topology and incorporating the tetracarboxylate ligand TCHB4– [H4TCHB = 3,3',5,5'-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)-2,2',4,4',6,6'-hexamethyl-1,1'-biphenyl... Read More

Perylene diimide triple helix formation in the solid-state (2018)
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Haddow, S. L., Ring, D. J., Bagha, H., Pearce, N., Nowell, H., Blake, A. J., …Champness, N. R. (2018). Perylene diimide triple helix formation in the solid-state. Crystal Growth and Design, 18(2), doi:10.1021/acs.cgd.7b01268. ISSN 1528-7483

The structural characterisation of single crystals of di-4-pyridyl-substituted 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic diimide reveals a surprising triple helical arrangement. The intermolecular interactions that lead to such an arrangement are investigated... Read More

Dehydrogenation of dimethylamine-borane mediated by Group 1 pincer complexes (2018)
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Nolla-Saltiel, R., Geer, A. M., Lewis, W., Blake, A. J., & Kays, D. L. (2018). Dehydrogenation of dimethylamine-borane mediated by Group 1 pincer complexes. Chemical Communications, 54(15), doi:10.1039/c7cc08385h. ISSN 1359-7345

Group 1 salts containing carbazolido NNN pincer ligands are precatalysts for the dehydrogenation of Me2NH·BH3. NMR monitoring and DOSY studies show a heavy dependence on the metal and solvent, allowing in some cases selective formation of dehydrogena... Read More

Dehydrocoupling of dimethylamine-borane promoted by manganese(II) m-terphenyl complexes (2017)
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Sharpe, H. R., Geer, A. M., Blundell, T. J., Hastings, F. R., Fay, M. W., Rance, G. A., …Kays, D. L. (in press). Dehydrocoupling of dimethylamine-borane promoted by manganese(II) m-terphenyl complexes. Catalysis Science and Technology, 8(1), doi:10.1039/C7CY02086D. ISSN 2044-4753

Two- and three-coordinate manganese m-terphenyl complexes are precatalysts for the dehydrogenation of dimethylamine-borane (Me2NH·BH3) affording one equivalent of molecular hydrogen and half an equivalent of [Me2N–BH2]2. Experimental studies into the... Read More

Total synthesis of (−)-aritasone via the ultra-high pressure hetero-Diels–Alder dimerisation of (−)-pinocarvone (2017)
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Uroos, M., Pitt, P., Harwood, L., Lewis, W., Blake, A. J., & Hayes, C. J. (in press). Total synthesis of (−)-aritasone via the ultra-high pressure hetero-Diels–Alder dimerisation of (−)-pinocarvone. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 15(40), doi:10.1039/C7OB02204B. ISSN 1477-0520

This paper describes a total synthesis of the terpene-derived natural product aritasone via the hetero-Diels-Alder [4+2] cyclodimerisation of pinocarvove, which represents the proposed biosyntheic route. The hetero-Diels-Alder dimerisation of pinoca... Read More

Halogen-substituted ureas for anion binding: solid state and solution studies (2017)
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Casula, A., Fornasier, M., Montis, R., Bettoschi, A., Argent, S. P., Blake, A. J., …Caltagirone, C. (in press). Halogen-substituted ureas for anion binding: solid state and solution studies. Supramolecular Chemistry, doi:10.1080/10610278.2017.1377343. ISSN 1061-0278

Herein, we report the synthesis and the anion binding properties of a family of N,N′-diphenylureas L1-L15, bearing on the aromatic ring(s) halogens (chlorine and iodine) and/or nitro or trifluoromethyl electron-withdrawing groups. The analysis of the... Read More

Structure determination techniques flex their muscles (2017)
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Blake, A. J. (2017). Structure determination techniques flex their muscles. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56(39), doi:10.1002/anie.201706526. ISSN 1433-7851

A historical challenge: Gas-phase electron diffraction and single-crystal X-ray diffraction are both established techniques, but they were both pushed to their limits by the challenge posed by the highly flexible tetranitromethane molecule. New appro... Read More

Iron(II) catalyzed hydrophosphination of isocyanates (2017)
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Sharpe, H. R., Geer, A. M., Lewis, W., Blake, A. J., & Kays, D. L. (2017). Iron(II) catalyzed hydrophosphination of isocyanates. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56(17), doi:10.1002/anie.201701051. ISSN 1433-7851

The first transition metal catalyzed hydrophosphination of isocyanates is presented. The use of low-coordinate iron(II) precatalysts leads to an unprecedented catalytic double insertion of isocyanates into the P-H bond of diphenylphosphine to yield p... Read More

1,8-Bis(silylamido)naphthalene complexes of magnesium and zinc synthesized through alkane elimination reactions (2017)
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Bradley, M., Birchall, C., Blake, A. J., Lewis, W., Moxey, G. J., & Kays, D. L. (in press). 1,8-Bis(silylamido)naphthalene complexes of magnesium and zinc synthesized through alkane elimination reactions. Dalton Transactions, 46, doi:10.1039/c7dt00471k. ISSN 1477-9226

The reactions between magnesium or zinc alkyls and 1,8-bis(triorganosilyl)diaminonaphthalenes afford the 1,8-bis(triorganosilyl)diamidonaphthalene complexes with elimination of alkanes. The reaction between 1,8-C10H6(NSiMePh2H)2 and one or two equiva... Read More

The inverse-trans-influence in tetravalent lanthanide and actinide bis(carbene) complexes (2017)
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Gregson, M., Lu, E., Mills, D. P., Tuna, F., McInnes, E. J., Hennig, C., …Liddle, S. T. (in press). The inverse-trans-influence in tetravalent lanthanide and actinide bis(carbene) complexes. Nature Communications, 8, doi:10.1038/ncomms14137. ISSN 2041-1723

Across the periodic table the trans-influence operates, whereby tightly bonded ligands selectively lengthen mutually trans metal–ligand bonds. Conversely, in high oxidation state actinide complexes the inverse-trans-influence operates, where normally... Read More

A monomeric, heterobimetallic complex with an unsupported Mg−Fe bond (2016)
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Birchall, C., Moxey, G. J., McMaster, J., Blake, A. J., Lewis, W., & Kays, D. L. (2017). A monomeric, heterobimetallic complex with an unsupported Mg−Fe bond. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 458, doi:10.1016/j.ica.2016.12.029. ISSN 0020-1693

The phosphinimine, trimethylsilyl-substituted BIPM ligand [BIPM = bis(iminophosphorano)methanide] has been used to stabilise CH(Ph2PNSiMe3)2MgFe(η5-C5H5)(CO)2 (1), which is a structurally authenticated complex exhibiting a direct, unsupported bond be... Read More

Cyclotrimerisation of isocyanates catalysed by low-coordinate Mn(II) and Fe(II) m-terphenyl complexes (2016)
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Sharpe, H. R., Geer, A. M., Williams, H. E., Blundell, T. J., Lewis, W., Blake, A. J., & Kays, D. L. (2017). Cyclotrimerisation of isocyanates catalysed by low-coordinate Mn(II) and Fe(II) m-terphenyl complexes. Chemical Communications, 53(5), (937-940). doi:10.1039/C6CC07243G. ISSN 1359-7345

Two- and three-coordinate m-terphenyl complexes of manganese and iron are efficient catalysts for the selective cyclotrimerisation of primary aliphatic isocyanates affording isocyanurates in short reaction times and under mild conditions.