Synthesis and structural comparisons of NHC-alanes

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N-heterocyclic Carbenes (NHCs) are widely used in organometallic chemistry. Here, we examine the role of NHCs in the stabilisation of aluminium hydrides, AlH3, also known as alanes. This includes an assessment of the various synthetic strategies, comparisons of structural parameters and theoretical insight. Based on percent buried volume (%Vbur) parameters we report the largest and smallest NHC alanes to date, with noted differences in their observed stability in both the solution and solid state.
Original languageEnglish
Article number13
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Dec 2022


  • N-heterocyclic carbenes
  • aluminium
  • main group


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