Covalent Uranium Carbene Chemistry

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After seminal reports of covalent uranium carbene U˭C complexes in the 1980s by Gilje, the area fell dormant for around 30 years. However, in the past five years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the area. Despite recent advances, the classification of these U˭C complexes as either methanediides, carbenes, or alkylidenes has remained a contentious issue. Herein, we review U˭C complexes reported to date, along with reactivity and computational studies, and conclude that although U˭C complexes sit midway on the continuum between rare-earth methanediides and Schrock-type alkylidenes, they can be justifiably described as carbenes.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-294
Number of pages32
JournalComments on Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015