Small-Molecule Activation by Metal Complexes

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Organometallic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 348

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Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
Interests: organic synthesis and catalysis; small molecule activation; metal complexes and ligands; spectroscopy

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1. Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
2. Department of Chemistry, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Interests: hydrogen production; metal oxides; surface reactions; surface spectroscopy; photocatalysis; heterogeneous catalysis
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Dear Colleagues,

Small-molecule activation is a critical branch of chemistry that addresses the challenges of renewable energy sources, global climate change, and several aspects of biochemical transformations. It acts as an avenue whereby ubiquitous molecules, such O2, N2, CO2, etc., can be transformed into value-added products by environmentally benign and sustainable chemical transformations. In this regard, inorganic metal complexes enjoy an elite status owing to their versatile ability to act as small-molecule receptors. The electronic and structural parameters of metal complexes can be easily tuned by chemical means to bind the target molecules together and affect their chemical activation and post-activation transformation by overcoming thermodynamic and kinetic barriers.

Recent developments in this field have given rise to a growing area of interdisciplinary research spanning across synthetic chemists, electrochemists, and spectroscopists, as well as theoretical scientists. Such an approach has resulted in realizing the true potential of inorganic complexes in breaking highly inert chemical bonds, a feat that was unimaginable a few decades ago. This Special Issue of Inorganics entitled “Small-Molecule Activation by Metal Complexes” aims to compile ground-breaking results and promote new advancements which are at the forefront of this topic. 

We strive towards creating a collection of cutting-edge research. This Special Issue will majorly explore, but will not be limited to, research reports on the topics of metal-mediated: (1) dioxygen activation; (2) nitric oxide activation; (3) CO2 activation and storage; (4) methane trapping and utilization; (5) dinitrogen activation; (6) azide transformation; (7) water oxidation; and (8) hydrogen storage. Submissions in terms of original research articles and reviews are most welcome.

I truly believe that your contribution will be a valuable asset in elevating the scientific stature of this Special Issue.

I look forward to reading your contributions.

Dr. Aniruddha Dey
Prof. Dr. Hicham Idriss
Guest Editors

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  • metal complexes
  • small molecules
  • ligand
  • synthesis
  • electrochemistry
  • spectroscopy

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