Group 12 members unite in unusual bonding situation

Jennifer Newton writes about a hot ChemComm article for Chemistry World

Chemists in the UK have created the unique trimetallic complex {(Ar’NacNac)Zn}2Hg. At the molecule’s heart lies a Zn–Hg–Zn unit – the first example of a bond between two different group 12 metals. What’s more, this metal chain is also the first example of catenation between group 12 elements other than just mercury. And if that wasn’t quirky enough for you, it is also a rare instance of zinc in the +1 oxidation state.

To make the compound, Philip Mountford, from the University of Oxford, and colleagues reduced (Ar’NacNac)ZnI with a potassium–mercury amalgam. The team is now exploring the chemistry of {(Ar’NacNac)Zn}2Hg and its intermetallic homologues.

Read this article in Chemistry World»

Read the original journal article in ChemComm:
Synthesis, molecular and electronic structure, and reactions of a Zn–Hg–Zn bonded complex
Matthew P. Blake, Nikolas Kaltsoyannis and Philip Mountford  
Chem. Commun., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC00637F, Communication

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