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Special Issue "Scorpionate Ligands: Ever-Young Chemistry Tools"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carlo Santini

School of Science and Technology, Chemistry Division, University of Camerino, via Sant’Agostino 1, 62032 Camerino (MC), Italy
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Interests: coordination chemistry; functional metal complexes; hybrid materials; inorganic and organometallic chemistry; scorpionate ligands; phosphanes; N-heterocyclic carbenes; metal-based drugs
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maura Pellei

School of Science and Technology, Chemistry Division, University of Camerino, via Sant’Agostino 1, 62032 Camerino (MC), Italy
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Phone: 0737402213
Interests: bioinorganic chemistry; coordination chemistry; inorganic materials; organometalllic chemistry; copper; scorpionate ligands; phosphanes; metal-based drugs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the introduction of tris(pyrazolyl)borates by Trofimenko, in the 1960s, in a pivotal paper on “Boron-Pyrazole Chemistry”, scorpionate ligands are some of the most widely-used ligands in chemistry. They readily coordinate a wide variety of metal ions, affording stable metal complexes: the term scorpionate derives from the interchange between their bi- and tri-dentate coordination modes. In the last 50 years, the success of poly(azolyl)borates has inspired the development of a new generation Scorpionates, including the analogous poly(azolyl)alkanes, which are excellent supporting ligands for most metals of the Periodic Table. Even if this shows that, in this field, a great deal of research has been done, Scorpionates chemistry and their applications have not been fully explored yet.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to present the latest advances in the field of scorpionate ligands, highlighting their stimulating and innovative applications in coordination chemistry, organometallics, catalysis, supramolecular assembly, materials science, medicinal inorganic chemistry or enzymes modeling.

Prof. Dr. Carlo Santini
Prof. Dr. Maura Pellei
Guest Editors

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  • poly(azolyl)borates
  • poly(azolyl)alkanes
  • coordination chemistry
  • metals
  • complexes
  • organometallics
  • catalysis
  • medicinal inorganic chemistry

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