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Special Issue "Metal Based Compounds with “Non-Innocent” Ligands: Structure, Property and Ligand-Driven Reactivity"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andrey I. Poddel'sky

G.A. Razuvaev Institute of Organometallic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, 49 Tropinina str, Nizhny Novgorod, 603137, Russia
Interests: redox active ligands; complex compounds; small molecules; electronic paramagnetic resonance; magnetic properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In nature, enzymes in which active sites contain different metal centers are responsible for many important chemical transformations, which require the transfer of one or more electrons, and are involved in such important processes as oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, etc. For example, the oxidation of water with Photosystem II, the reduction of O2 with cytochrome oxidase, or fixation of N2, the disproportionation of the superoxide anion radical into oxygen and hydrogen peroxide under the influence of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase, hydrolysis of phosphate acid esters with phosphatases, etc. Like biological active sites, the synthetic metal complexes used for similar chemical processes (for example, the oxidation of water or the reduction of molecular oxygen) also demonstrate the influence of the nature of the metal fragment on the complex reactivity. The great interest in many chemical processes, which are used in various fields from the catalytic synthetic processes to the capture and storage of solar energy, and are carried out with the involvement of metal-containing compounds, causes numerous attempts to mimic both the structure and function of these compounds. A great deal of attention is paid to the investigation of the interactions between metals, metal-containing organic fragments and organic ligands in synthetic metal complexes and how these interactions affect the electronic structure, redox active properties, electron transfer, and chemical reactivity of compounds. In many cases, not only the central metal atom (ion) participates directly in the chemical processes, but also its ligand environment. Ligands which participate directly in various transformations and have a significant effect on the molecular, electronic structure and reactivity of compounds are commonly called as “non-innocent” or redox-active ligands.

This Special Issue is dedicated to the latest achievements in the field of coordination, organometallic compounds, the structure and reactivity of which are largely determined not only and not so much by the metal, but also by ligands. The results of fundamental research (the synthesis, the investigation of molecular and electronic structure using spectroscopic methods, X-ray structural analysis, the study of chemical, redox, magnetic, biochemical, photochemical and optical properties, etc.) and applied research (the application in various reactions of fine organic/organoelemental synthesis, catalytic processes, the various aspects of compounds application in electro-, photo-, biochemistry, medicine, optics, electronics, etc.) are planned for the publication in this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews on these topics are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Andrey I. Poddel'sky
Guest Editor

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  • metal complex
  • “non-innocent” ligand
  • synthesis
  • molecular and electronic structure
  • ligand-driven reactivity
  • application

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