Call for papers: Themed issues

Dalton Transactions coverWe are delighted to announce four new Dalton Transactions themed issues:

Metallodrugs: Activation, Targeting and Delivery
Deadline: 12th April 2016
Guest Editors: Professor Dr Nils Metzler-Nolte (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Professor Dr Zijian Guo (Nanjing University)

In 1965, a seminal paper by Barnett Rosenberg appeared in Nature, describing the anti-proliferative properties of a very simple inorganic compound, now known to all of us as Cisplatin. This discovery, and the subsequent clinical approval of Cisplatin, has led to thousands of papers, and it has arguably initiated the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry. Now, 50 years after Rosenberg’s discovery, the field has matured and, beyond Cisplatin, many other compounds have been explored for their anti-proliferative activity. Moreover, chemical creativity has shifted from the mere discovery of new active agents, and elucidation of their mode of action (as difficult as that may be at times) to issues such as delivery of anti-proliferative agents to cancer cells, activation of inorganic prodrugs, and very creative approaches to targeting malignant cells exclusively.

A Themed Issue of Dalton Transactions now seeks to explore these frontiers in the art of medicinal inorganic chemistry. Crucially, the Issue will aim to provide an overview of current progress in three focal points of inorganic drug development: activation (for example, by light, enzymes or external stimuli), targeting (that is, bioconjugates, using the EPR effect, and so on) or selective delivery (to cancer cells or intra-cellularly, by nanoparticles or other carrier systems, and so on).

Although certainly important, the discovery of new compounds or elucidation of a mode of action are not topics for this issue — but Dalton Transactions is of course an excellent place for dissemination of such results in a regular Paper.

Small molecule activation
Deadline: 30th April 2016
Guest Editors: Professor Martin Albrecht (University of Bern), Professor Eric Clot (University of Montpellier), Professor Giulia Licini (University of Padova), Professor Barbara Milani (University of Trieste)

Small molecule activation constitutes one of the main frontiers of inorganic and organometallic chemistry, with much effort directed towards the development of new processes for the selective and sustainable transformation of abundant small molecules such as H2O, NH3, N2, O2, CO, or CO2 into high-value chemical feedstocks and energy resources.

This themed issue will focus on homogenously catalysed activation of small molecules, as well as stoichiometric reactions that further our understanding towards such ends. We invite submissions covering any relevant aspect of small molecule activation including: organometallic chemistry, (electro)catalysis, photochemistry, mechanistic studies, spectroscopy, synthesis, and developments in materials science.

Reactions Facilitated by Ligand Design
Deadline: 10th May 2016
Guest Editor: Professor Jason Love (The University of Edinburgh)

This issue will focus on transformations involving inorganic complexes where a ligand design approach has been used to produce a demonstrable change in reactivity. Papers can be submitted from any area of inorganic or organometallic chemistry, including catalysis, small molecule activation, C–X bond activation, bioinorganic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. Ligand classes could include pincers, carbenes, macrocyclic ligands, phosphines or metallocenes, with approaches for goal-oriented ligand design involving aspects such as redox non-innocence, steric hindrance, secondary coordination sphere effects and manipulation of Lewis pairs.

Molecular Spintronics: The role of Coordination Chemistry
Deadline: 17th May 2016
Guest Editors: Professor Eugenio Coronado (University of Valencia), Professor Masahiro Yamashita (Tohoku University)

This issue intends to show the impact of coordination chemistry in the emerging field of Molecular Spintronics.

Coordination chemistry provides many examples of molecules that can be useful in this field: from metal complexes that can be incorporated into spintronic devices, as spin collectors or spin filters, to magnetic molecules that can behave as bits of memory or even as spin qubits.

This issue will cover the three different facets of the field, namely: 1) the use of molecules in the development of a new generation of spintronic devices; 2) the miniaturization of the device to reach the single-molecule limit (molecular nanospintronics); and 3) The search for molecular spin qubits of interest in quantum computing.

In this multidisciplinary field, chemists work in close interaction with solid-state physicists, including theoreticians as well as experimentalists, and materials scientists. Contributions coming from the three scientific communities in which these scientists are integrated – Spintronics, Molecular Electronics and Molecular Magnetism – are expected.

Does your research fit into any of these subject areas? If so, we would welcome your contribution. Please see below for further details on how to submit:

How to submit

All types of manuscript – communications, full papers and Perspectives, will be considered for publication. The manuscript should be prepared according to our article guidelines and submitted via our online system.

All manuscripts will be subject to normal peer review and inclusion in the themed issue will be at the discretion of the Guest Editors. Please indicate in your submission which themed issue you would like to be considered for.

Interested in submitting  paper? Please contact us for more information

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2016 Dalton HOT articles

Take a look at our HOT articles for 2016 which are free to access for 4 weeks and will be updated regularly so keep checking! These have also been compiled into a collection for viewing on our website.

Cyclometalated Ir(III) complexes of deprotonated N-methylbipyridinium ligands: effects of quaternised N centre position on luminescence
Benjamin J. Coe, Madeleine Helliwell, James Raftery, Sergio Sánchez, Martyn K. Peers and Nigel S. Scrutton
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 20392-20405
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03753K

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Formation constants of copper(I) complexes with cysteine, penicillamine and glutathione: implications for copper speciation in the human eye
Lan-Chi Königsberger, Erich Königsberger, Glenn Hefter and Peter M. May
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 20413-20425
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02129D

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Assembly and stabilization of {E(cyclo-P3)2} (E = Sn, Pb) as a bridging ligand spanning two triaryloxyniobium units
Alexandra Velian, Brandi M. Cossairt and Christopher C. Cummins
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03383G

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Neutral N-donor ligand based flexible metal–organic frameworks
Biplab Manna, Aamod V. Desai and Sujit K. Ghosh
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03443D

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Encapsulation of dyes in metal–organic frameworks and their tunable nonlinear optical properties
Tao Song, Jiancan Yu, Yuanjing Cui, Yu Yang and Guodong Qian
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03466C

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Mixed-linker solid solutions of functionalized pillared-layer MOFs – adjusting structural flexibility, gas sorption, and thermal responsiveness
Inke Schwedler, Sebastian Henke, Michael T. Wharmby, Sneha R. Bajpe, Anthony K. Cheetham and Roland A. Fischer
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03825A

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NBu4SH provides a convenient source of HS− soluble in organic solution for H2S and anion-binding research
Matthew D. Hartle, Daniel J. Meininger, Lev N. Zakharov, Zachary J. Tonzetich and Michael D. Pluth
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 19782-19785
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03355A

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An effect of the substituent position and metal type on the electropolymerization properties of chalcone substituted metallophthalocyanines
Dilek Çakır, Tayfun Arslan and Zekeriya Biyiklioglu
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 20859-20866
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03789A

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User-friendly aerobic reductive alkylation of iridium(III) porphyrin chloride with potassium hydroxide: scope and mechanism
Huiping Zuo, Zhipeng Liu, Wu Yang, Zhikuan Zhou and Kin Shing Chan
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 20618-20625
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03845F

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Centrosymmetric and chiral porous thorium organic frameworks exhibiting uncommon thorium coordination environments
Yuxiang Li, Zhehui Weng, Yanlong Wang, Lanhua Chen, Daopeng Sheng, Yunhai Liu, Juan Diwu, Zhifang Chai, Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt and Shuao Wang
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 20867-20873
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03363B

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Unsolvated Al(C6F5)3: structural features and electronic interaction with ferrocene
Jiawei Chen and Eugene Y.-X. Chen
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03895B

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An element through the looking glass: exploring the Au–C, Au–H and Au–O energy landscape
Dragoş-Adrian Roşca, Joseph A. Wright and Manfred Bochmann
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 20785-20807
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03930D

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Novel triazolium based 11th group NHCs: synthesis, characterization and cellular response mechanisms
M. Pellei, V. Gandin, M. Marinelli, A. Orsetti, F. Del Bello, C. Santini and C. Marzano
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 21041-21052
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02934A

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Regioselectivity in C–H activation: reagent control in cyclometallation of 2-(1-naphthyl)-pyridine

Mikhail Kondrashov, David Provost and Ola F. Wendt
Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 525-531
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT04068J

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A single molecule magnet to single molecule magnet transformation via a solvothermal process: Fe4Dy2 → Fe6Dy3
Sihuai Chen, Valeriu Mereacre, Christopher E. Anson and Annie K. Powell
Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 98-106
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03909F

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Smallest molecular chalcogenidometalate anions of the heaviest metals: syntheses, structures, and their interconversion
G. Thiele, C. Donsbach, R. Riedel, M. Marsch, K. Harms and S. Dehnen
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03996G

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End of year HOT articles!

December 2015’s HOT articles are here and free to access. These have also been compiled into a collection on our website.

Switching the orientation of Jahn–Teller axes in oxime-based MnIII dimers and its effect upon magnetic exchange: a combined experimental and theoretical study
Priyanka Comar, Thayalan Rajeshkumar, Gary S. Nichol, Mateusz B. Pitak, Simon J. Coles, Gopalan Rajaraman and Euan K. Brechin
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 19805-19811
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03615A

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Coordination chemistry of 2,2′-biphenylenedithiophosphinate and diphenyldithiophosphinate with U, Np, and Pu
Joseph A. Macor, Jessie L. Brown, Justin N. Cross, Scott R. Daly, Andrew J. Gaunt, Gregory S. Girolami, Michael T. Janicke, Stosh A. Kozimor, Mary P. Neu, Angela C. Olson, Sean D. Reilly and Brian L. Scott
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 18923-18936
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02976G

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Mechanistic features of the copper-free Sonogashira reaction from ESI-MS
Zohrab Ahmadi, Lars P. E. Yunker, Allen G. Oliver and J. Scott McIndoe
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 20367-20375
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02889B

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First structural characterization of Pa(IV) in aqueous solution and quantum chemical investigations of the tetravalent actinides up to Bk(IV): the evidence of a curium break
Nidhu lal Banik, Valérie Vallet, Florent Réal, Réda Mohamed Belmecheri, Bernd Schimmelpfennig, Jörg Rothe, Rémi Marsac, Patric Lindqvist-Reis, Clemens Walther, Melissa A. Denecke and Christian M. Marquardt
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03560K

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Compositional dependence of anomalous thermal expansion in perovskite-like ABX3 formates
Ines E. Collings, Joshua A. Hill, Andrew B. Cairns, Richard I. Cooper, Amber L. Thompson, Julia E. Parker, Chiu C. Tang and Andrew L. Goodwin
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03263F

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Modular solid-phase synthesis, catalytic application and efficient recycling of supported phosphine–phosphite ligand libraries
Frank J. L. Heutz and Paul C. J. Kamer
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03226A

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Synthesis and controlled growth of osmium nanoparticles by electron irradiation
Anaïs Pitto-Barry, Luis M. A. Perdigao, Marc Walker, James Lawrence, Giovanni Costantini, Peter J. Sadler and Nicolas P. E. Barry
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 20308-20311
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03205A

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Palladium(II) complexes featuring a mixed phosphine–pyridine–iminophosphorane pincer ligand: synthesis and reactivity
Thibault Cheisson and Audrey Auffrant
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02789F

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Explaining the mechanical mechanisms of zeolitic metal–organic frameworks: revealing auxeticity and anomalous elasticity
Matthew. R. Ryder and Jin-Chong Tan
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03514G

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The structures of CyMe4-BTBP complexes of americium(III) and europium(III) in solvents used in solvent extraction, explaining their separation properties
Christian Ekberg, Elin Löfström-Engdahl, Emma Aneheim, Mark R. StJ. Foreman, Andreas Geist, Daniel Lundberg, Melissa Denecke and Ingmar Persson
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 18395-18402
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02859K

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Stepwise assembly of mixed-metal coordination cages containing both kinetically inert and kinetically labile metal ions: introduction of metal-centred redox and photophysical activity at specific sites
Ashley B. Wragg, Alexander J. Metherell, William Cullen and Michael D. Ward
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 17939-17949
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02957K

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Tin sulfide and selenide clusters soluble in organic solvents with the core structures of Sn4S6 and Sn4Se6
Mingdong Zhong, Zhi Yang, Yafei Yi, Dongxiang Zhang, Kening Sun, Herbert W. Roesky and Ying Yang
Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 19800-19804
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03244J

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Professor Philip Mountford completes his final term as Chairman for Dalton Transactions

Professor Philip Mountford (University of Oxford) will complete his final term as Chairman of Dalton Transactions’ Editorial Board at the end of December this year.

Philip, Chairman of the Editorial Board since January 2012, has been a fantastic ambassador for the Journal, representing Dalton Transactions at many conferences around the world. He has overseen 4 Editorial Board meetings (including at the 2013 Royal Society of Chemistry Editors’ Symposium in Brussels), guest edited two themed issues (Advances in metal-catalysed polymerisation and related transformations, and Earth Abundant Element Compounds in Homogeneous Catalysis) and chaired the Editorial and Advisory Boards of Dalton Transactions during a period of significant expansion of the Journal’s published volume.

He leaves Dalton Transactions in a very strong position, with the Journal reporting its highest ever impact factor for 2014 (4.19) and publishing over 2000 articles a year – the only weekly international journal for inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry.

A presentation for Philip Mountford

Philip (left) receives a framed portrait of John Dalton from Dalton Transactions' Deputy Editor Guy Jones

Philip’s work on the Journal was recognised at a presentation, held during one of his last engagements for Dalton Transactions – chairing the final session of the 2015 RSC Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry Discussion Group Meeting (Oxford, 3-4 September 2015), during which Professor Jason Love (University of Edinburgh) was the Dalton Transactions-sponsored Plenary lecturer.

This was an especially relevant meeting, as Philip is Head of Inorganic Chemistry and Professor of Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis at Oxford.

Philip was presented with a framed portrait of John Dalton, the Journal’s namesake, as both a token of our appreciation and to commemorate the 250th anniversary of John Dalton’s birth. Philip was also presented with a Dalton Transactions mug featuring the cover image of the 2013 themed issue that he guest edited.

Philip Mountford and Jamie Humphrey

Philip (Left) and Dalton Transactions' Publisher Jamie Humphrey visit a clean room during the 4th Dalton Transactions International Symposium

Among his numerous other important contributions and achievements during the past four years, Philip helped to celebrate the work of Dorothy Hodgkin, represented Dalton Transactions at its 4th International Symposium, and received the Schlenk Lectureship award in 2015.

Professor John Arnold (University of Berkeley, California) will succeed Philip as Chairman of the Editorial Board, from 1st January 2016.

“I am delighted that John Arnold will be taking over as Chair of the Editorial Board,” said Philip. “I know that under his leadership the board and editors will take the journal on from strength to strength. I have been very privileged to work with an outstanding group of professionals in the Dalton Transactions Editorial team and an equally talented and dedicated board.”

Thank you, Philip! We’ve been very privileged to work with you.

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Adjusting the Pincer Pinch

Professor Darrin Richeson’s group has carved out an interesting organometallic niche. Their papers feature low-valent metal complexes of pincer ligands combined with detailed computational analysis of the electronic structures. In their recent Dalton Transactions article they report unique coinage metal complexes of the “PN3P” ligand below.

This "PN3P" ligand

The judicious selection of this particular pincer framework resulted in complexes with geometric properties distinct from those of the same metals with other “PNP”-type ligands. Choosing the ligand with a NR instead of a NH spacer between the pyridine and phosphine moieties enhances the donor strength of the phosphines while rendering the N atoms inert towards deprotonation.

Subtle effects of this adjustment manifest themselves in dramatic changes in the solid-state coordination and geometric properties of their Cu and Ag complexes. Their reported CuBr complex is coordinated by one PN3P ligand and has a distorted trigonal pyramidal geometry. They contrast these to Cu(I) complexes of an analogous PN3P ligand with NH spacers, which coordinate two ligands and in one case displace the halide atom. Using CH2 spacers, a previously reported Cu(I) structure exhibits T-shaped geometry and a non-coordinating triflate anion. The Cu(I) reported here shows a geometry much closer to trigonal pyramidal, with a coordinating triflate anion.

The second part of the paper discusses details of the electronic structure gleaned from DFT calculations. Particularly illuminating is a paragraph on page 19157, summarizing the particulars of the bonding as “a balance of bonding and antibonding interactions…diffuse polarized-π orbitals…(and) back donation.” Perhaps this seems summary seems unsurprising, but there are subtleties in the analysis.

Professor Richeson was my M.Sc. supervisor (I finished in his group six years ago). I write this in gratitude for his mentorship, and in appreciation of his group’s continuing work.

For more details read the full paper:

Coinage metal complexes supported by a “PN3P” scaffold
Gyandshwar Kumar Rao, Serge I. Gorelsky, Ilia Korobkov and Darrin Richeson
Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 19153-19162
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03515E


Ian Mallov Ian Mallov is currently a Ph.D. student in Professor Doug Stephan’s group at the University of Toronto. His research is focused on synthesizing new Lewis-acidic compounds active in Frustrated Lewis Pair chemistry. He grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia and graduated from Dalhousie University and the University of Ottawa, and worked in chemical analysis in industry for three years before returning to grad school.
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John Arnold announced as Dalton Transactions new Editorial Board Chair

Dalton Transactions is delighted to announce that Professor John Arnold (University of Berkeley, California) will become Chairman of the Editorial Board from 1st January 2016.

John’s research focusses on the study of new and unusual molecular inorganic and organometallic compounds of the d-, p- and f-block elements, which is at the core of the journal’s scope. He also looks into the novel reactivity and/or catalytic behaviour of small molecules using a variety of characterisation

He has been an Associate Editor for Dalton Transactions since 2002. In that time he has actively promoted the journal worldwide and contributed to the strategy of the journal, during a period in which the size of the journal has changed significantly.

“I am happy and honoured to be appointed as the new Chair of the Editorial Board of Dalton Transactions. I look forward to working alongside Andrew Shore and the entire RSC editorial team, the Editorial Board and the Advisory Board, to bolster Dalton Transactions’ current standing. Together, we will continue to build the journal’s reputation for high quality papers, fair, strong, and timely refereeing, and rapid publication times.”

Professor Philip Mountford (University of Oxford), current Chairman of the Editorial Board will finish at the end of December this year.

“I am delighted that John Arnold will be taking over as Chair of the Editorial Board. I know that under his leadership the board and editors will take the journal on from strength to strength. I have been very privileged to work with an outstanding group of professionals in the Dalton Transactions Editorial team and an equally talented and dedicated board.”

As the Chair of the Editorial Board, John will lead an international team of researchers from all areas of inorganic chemistry. Associate Editors Christine Thomas (Brandeis University) and Warren Piers (University of Calgary) handle manuscripts on organometallics, main group chemistry and homogenous catalysis; Pingyun Feng (University of California, Riverside) and Russell Morris (University of St Andrews), handle papers on solid state and inorganic materials chemistry; Guo-Xin Jin (Fudan University) handles manuscripts on supramolecular and coordination chemistry and Masahiro Yamashita (Tohoku University) continues to serve the field of magnetism. Submissions received in bioinorganic chemistry are handled Nils Metzler-Nolte (Ruhr-Universität Bochum). In addition to our Associate Editors, Polly Arnold (The University of Edinburgh) and Lars Kloo (Royal Institute of Technology) sit on the Dalton Transactions Editorial Board as Members.

John invites members of the community who have a question about Dalton Transactions – whether it be submissions, refereeing, service to the journal, or editorial concerns – to contact him directly. Alternatively please contact the Editorial Office at dalton-rsc@rsc.org and we will be happy to help.

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Report from the Northern Postdoctoral Researchers Meeting

Posted on behalf of Dr Fabrizio Ortu, Organiser

The Northern Postdoctoral researchers meeting took place on May 28th at the School of Chemistry and Zochonis Building, The University of Manchester. This was the fourth of a series of events organised by the Chemistry Postdoctoral Society for the academic year 2014/15, included in the proposal funded by the Dalton Division Committee through the Small Grants for Scientific Activities scheme.

The purpose of the meeting was to gather young scientists from the Northern and North-West region, giving the chance to showcase their research and offering also a great networking opportunity. The event was free to attend and saw the participation of around 70 attendants between Postdocs and PhDs coming from the University of Manchester, University of Liverpool, University of Huddersfield, University of Sheffield, University of Hull, University of York, and University of Leeds.

Postdoctoral researchers selected from Northern institutions (Manchester, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds and Liverpool) offered research talks which spread across a wide range of topics in chemistry. The quality of the talks and of the research presented was outstanding, leading also to a great interaction between the audience and the speakers.

After the coffee break, the meeting was moved to the foyer of the School of Chemistry were the poster session took place, featuring over 30 contribution from Postdocs and PhD from various Northern institutions. At the end of the poster session, two prizes were awarded, sponsored by Dalton Transactions. The winner of the prize for the best postgraduate poster went to Luke Wilkinson (University of Sheffield), whilst the prize for the best poster from a postdoctoral researcher was awarded to Kevin Vincent (University of Huddersfield).

Dr Fabrizio Ortu (right) with poster prize winners Kevin Vincent (University of Huddersfield) and Luke Wilkinson (University of Sheffield)

In general, we received very enthusiastic feedback about the meeting. In particular, visiting postdoctoral researchers had high praises for the work of the Postdoctoral Society and offered to organise another event analogous to this in one year’s time.

The meeting was kindly supported by the RSC Dalton Division and the School of Chemistry (UoM). Furthermore the Postdoctoral Society obtained additional support from Fluorochem, Sigma-Aldrich and TCI. Dalton Transactions was acknowledged during the opening and closing remarks of the conference; additionally the Dalton Transactions logo was included in the conference material.

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Professor Kenneth Wade, F.R.S. 13th October 1932–16th March 2014

Written by Philip W. Dyer, Durham University, UK

This themed collection of articles in Dalton Transactions is dedicated to Ken Wade, who very unexpectedly passed away on 16th March 2014.  While this sad loss is the reason for this commemoration, it is an honour for me to write this preface.

I had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know Ken personally during my student days at Durham, a relationship that continued when, much more recently, I became a colleague in the same Department.

I first met Ken when, as a second year undergraduate, he introduced us to aspects of structure and bonding.  Only after looking up the subject in the textbooks, did I realise that the relationships he was describing were in fact ‘Wade’s rules’.

It is a vivid reflection of Ken’s humble and self-effacing character that he himself only ever referred to these rules as polyhedral skeletal electron pair theory (PSEPT) or even occasionally during his lectures or in discussions as “Blogg’s Rules”!

Ken’s pioneering work exploring and explaining the structures of deceivingly unrelated clusters and ring systems, which developed primarily as a result of his insightfulness, logical thinking and intuition, now means that his name is familiar to every inorganic chemist, from undergraduate student to senior research professor.

This work lead to the formalised relationship between structure and electron counting in polyhedral cluster systems: relationships that are known universally as Wade’s Rules (J. Chem. Soc. D, 1971, 792).

This set of deceptively simple rules has been developed and expanded into what are known today as the Wade-Mingos Rules, which continue to be taught to chemistry students worldwide as a fundamental tool of Inorganic Chemistry.

Ken’s research career started in 1954 when he began his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham with Norman Greenwood, probing the addition compounds of gallium and boron trichlorides.  This was followed by two postdoctoral positions: first at Cambridge with Harry Emeléus, working on “assorted reactions of diborane”, and second, at Cornell University with Albert Laubengayer, where he investigated various aspects of organonitrogen-aluminium chemistry.

In 1960, Ken returned to the UK to take up his first independent academic position as a lecturer at Derby College of Technology, before moving north to take up a lectureship at the University of Durham a year later, where his interests in synthetic main group chemistry continued to expand.

Although universally known for his electron counting rules, Ken’s innovative and creative character also led him to be major contributor to the areas of azomethine, lithium amide, organophosphorus, transition metal and organolithium chemistry, to name but a few.  Ken officially retired in 1997 and, for the sixteen years leading up to his untimely passing, he remained in the Department holding an Emeritus chair of Inorganic Chemistry.

Throughout his sixty-year research career Ken maintained a tireless enthusiasm and curiosity for chemistry, teaching, writing books and original papers, reviewing articles, attending chemistry meetings, and giving invited lectures around the world.  Ken’s numerous contributions to the broad field of chemistry were recognised by his election to Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989, and by his election to President of the Dalton Division of The Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996.

On top of all these achievements, Ken’s enormous abilities as a teacher and leader must not be forgotten.  His lectures were always inspiring, and were characterised by being both simple and clear, while delivering a broad spectrum of inorganic chemistry topics.

Every lecture was punctuated by anecdotes and amusing stories – who can forget the colour-blind English spy in Russia – and always demonstrated Ken’s ability for clear, logical thinking, something he continually encouraged and inspired in others, be it through undergraduate tutorials, questions after seminars, or chats in the corridor or around the whiteboard.

This themed collection of papers of 60 papers in Dalton Transactions covers a wide and diverse spectrum of topics spanning inorganic chemistry, something that very clearly demonstrates Ken’s significant and wide-ranging contributions to inorganic chemistry in its broadest context.

The rapidity with which all of the invited authors agreed to contribute their work to this special collection of articles unmistakeably reflects the great esteem and friendship with which Ken was held, and provides a fitting tribute to the man himself, his huge role as a teacher and mentor, and his important and extensive contributions to chemistry…  Without a doubt, Ken is very sorely missed.

Philip W. Dyer
Department of Chemistry
Durham University, UK

(Left – cover art for the themed collection kindly provided by Professor Jeremy Rawson, University of Windsor. It features the an image of seminal ChemComm paper from 1971 – click to zoom)

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Lectureship awards & Poster prizes at the 5th Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry

Poster prize winners with Dalton Transactions Editor, Andrew Shore

Many congratulations to the Dalton Transactions Lectureship and Poster prize winners who were awarded at the 5th Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ACCC5) which took from the 12th - 16th July 2015 in Hong Kong.

Recipients of the Lectureship were: John Nitzchke, David Parker and Philip Mountford who is currently the Editorial Board Chair for Dalton Transactions.

The conference is one of the largest regional conferences in Asia; focussing on the area of coordination chemistry and providing a forum for inorganic and coordination chemists to meet and discuss ideas on the most frontier research topics as well as an opportunity to present their most recent research findings.

Further information regarding the conference can be found here.

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October’s HOT articles

HOT articles for October are below and free to acess for 4 weeks. These have also been compiled into a collection on our website.

Phosphole formation by 1,1-carboboration – reactions of bis-alkynyl phosphanes with a frustrated P/B Lewis pair
Annika Klose, Gerald Kehr, Constantin G. Daniliuc and Gerhard Erker
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03055B

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The carboboration of Me3Si-substituted alkynes and allenes with boranes and borocations
James R. Lawson, Valerio Fasano, Jessica Cid, Inigo Vitorica-Yrezabal and Michael J. Ingleson
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03003J

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Transition metal-mediated donor–acceptor coordination of low-oxidation state Group 14 element halides
Anindya K. Swarnakar, Michael J. Ferguson, Robert McDonald and Eric Rivard
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03018H

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September’s HOT articles

September’s selection of HOT articles are below. These are free to acess for 4 weeks and available for viewing in a collection on our website.

Coordination polymers from a highly flexible alkyldiamine-derived ligand: structure, magnetism and gas adsorption studies
Chris S. Hawes, Nicholas F. Chilton, Boujemaa Moubaraki, Gregory P. Knowles, Alan L. Chaffee, Keith S. Murray, Stuart R. Batten and David R. Turner
Dalton Trans., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02323H

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Dinuclear iridium and rhodium complexes with bridging arylimidazolide-N3,C2 ligands: synthetic, structural, reactivity, electrochemical and spectroscopic studies
Fan He, Laurent Ruhlmann, Jean-Paul Gisselbrecht, Sylvie Choua, Maylis Orio, Marcel Wesolek, Andreas A. Danopoulos and Pierre Braunstein
Dalton Trans., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02403J

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Elucidating the mechanism responsible for anomalous thermal expansion in a metal–organic framework
Dewald P. van Heerden, Catharine Esterhuysen and Leonard J. Barbour
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT01927C

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Polyfluorinated carba-closo-dodecaboranes with amino and ammonio substituents bonded to boron
Szymon Z. Konieczka, Michael Drisch, Katharina Edkins, Michael Hailmann and Maik Finze
Dalton Trans., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02055G

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Albumin binding and ligand-exchange processes of the Ru(III) anticancer agent NAMI-A and its bis-DMSO analogue determined by ENDOR spectroscopy
Michael I. Webb and Charles J. Walsby
Dalton Trans., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02021B

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Synthetic strategies to bicyclic tetraphosphanes using P1, P2 and P4 building blocks
Jonas Bresien, Kirill Faust, Christian Hering-Junghans, Julia Rothe, Axel Schulz and Alexander Villinger
Dalton Trans., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02757H

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