Main group multiple bonds for bond activations and catalysis

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Since the discovery that the so-called “double-bond” rule could be broken, the field of molecular main group multiple bonds has expanded rapidly. With the majority of homodiatomic double and triple bonds realised within the p-block, along with many heterodiatomic combinations, this Minireview examines the reactivity of these compounds with a particular emphasis on small molecule activation. Furthermore, whilst their ability to act as transition metal mimics has been explored, their catalytic behaviour is somewhat limited. This Minireview aims to highlight the potential of these complexes towards catalytic application and their role as synthons in further functionalisations making them a versatile tool for the modern synthetic chemist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1941-1954
Number of pages14
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number6
Early online date5 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2021


  • multiple bonds
  • small molecule
  • activation
  • catalysis
  • bond activation
  • main group


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