Celebrating our top 50 articles over the last 50 years

We are celebrating the 50th volume of Dalton Transactions this year!

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we want to highlight 50 of our most highly cited articles published over the last 50 years. These highly cited articles represent research that has been well-received by the community over the years, including seminal work in the field of inorganic chemistry and some notable review articles in key fields that have emerged over the last half-century.

Our top 50 list reflects the full scope of Dalton Transactions, with many articles containing useful pieces of information used for reference by inorganic chemists. One example includes our most cited article of all time by Addison and co-workers (with over 8000 citations*), which defines the structural parameter τ5 for the first time as an ‘index of trigonality’ for five-coordinate metal complexes. Another example includes one of our oldest articles from 1973, describing the preparation of [RuCl2(DMSO)4] as a useful ruthenium(II) precursor.

Our top 50 list includes articles from as early as 1973 to as recent as 2019, and our most cited articles are typically from the 1980s and the 2000s. The 50 articles in our list have garnered a total of over 43,000 citations.

You can browse the selection of our top 50 most highly cited articles categorised by subject area below, or see the full list on our collection webpage.


Figure 1: Cover art for Issue 35, Vol 39 (2010)


Bioinorganic Chemistry Year Citations*
The status of platinum anticancer drugs in the clinic and in clinical trials (On the cover, Figure 1) 2010 1141
Spectroscopic and redox studies of some copper(II) complexes with biomimetic donor atoms: Implications for protein copper centres 1979 552
Cationic, linear Au(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes: Synthesis, structure and anti-mitochondrial activity 2006 200
Redox behavior of tumor-inhibiting ruthenium(III) complexes and effects of physiological reductants on their binding to GMP 2006 178


Coordination Chemistry Year Citations*
Synthesis, structure, and spectroscopic properties of copper(II) compounds containing nitrogen-sulphur donor ligands; the crystal and molecular structure of aqua[1,7-bis(N-methylbenzimidazol-2′-yl)-2,6-dithiaheptane]copper(II) perchlorate 1984 8277
A critical account on π-π stacking in metal complexes with aromatic nitrogen-containing ligands 2000 4046
Covalent radii revisited 2008 2255
Supplement. Tables of bond lengths determined by X-ray and neutron diffraction. Part 2. Organometallic compounds and co-ordination complexes of the d- and f-block metals 1989 1866
Structural variation in copper(I) complexes with pyridylmethylamide ligands: Structural analysis with a new four-coordinate geometry index, τ4 2007 1658
The bite angle makes the difference: A practical ligand parameter for diphosphine ligands 1999 428


Figure 2: Cover art for Issue 28, Vol 36 (2007)

Catalysis Year Citations*
Utilisation of CO2 as a chemical feedstock: Opportunities and challenges (On the cover, Figure 2) 2007 972
Cationic Group 4 metallocene complexes and their role in polymerisation catalysis: The chemistry of well defined Ziegler catalysts 1996 928
Alkane C-H activation and functionalization with homogeneous transition metal catalysts: A century of progress – A new millennium in prospect 2001 608
Electrocatalysis of hydrogen production by active site analogues of the iron hydrogenase enzyme: Structure/function relationships 2003 279
Carboxylato-triphenylphosphine complexes of ruthenium, cationic triphenylphosphine complexes derived from them, and their behaviour as homogeneous hydrogenation catalysts for alkenes 1973 260
Magnesium and zinc complexes of a potentially tridentate β-diketiminate ligand 2004 166


Coordination Networks & Supramolecular Chemistry Year Citations*
Engineering coordination polymers towards applications 2003 2971
Solvent extraction of strontium nitrate by a crown ether using room-temperature ionic liquids 1999 748
The rational design of high symmetry coordination clusters 1999 472
Hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structures of three-dimensional co-ordination frameworks constructed with mixed terephthalate (tp) and 4,4′-bipyridine (4,4′-bipy) ligands: [M(tp)(4,4′-bipy)] (M = CoII, CdII or ZnII) 2000 357
Aqueous room temperature synthesis of cobalt and zinc sodalite zeolitic imidizolate frameworks 2012 320
A flexible Eu(III)-based metal-organic framework: Turn-off luminescent sensor for the detection of Fe(III) and picric acid 2013 283


Inorganic materials & nanomaterials Year Citations*
Adsorption of divalent metal ions from aqueous solutions using graphene oxide 2013 560
Large scale electrochemical synthesis of high quality carbon nanodots and their photocatalytic property 2012 549
Study on composition, structure and formation process of nanotube Na2Ti2O4(OH)2 2003 436
Large-scale delamination of multi-layers transition metal carbides and carbonitrides “mXenes” 2015 297
The P2-Na2/3Co2/3Mn1/3O2 phase: Structure, physical properties and electrochemical behavior as positive electrode in sodium battery 2011 186
Sandwich-like NiCo layered double hydroxide/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite cathodes for high energy density asymmetric supercapacitors 2019 183


Magnetism & Optical Properties/Photochemistry Year Citations*
Satellite structure in the X-ray photoelectron spectra of some binary and mixed oxides of lanthanum and cerium 1976 847
Organic-inorganic composite photocatalyst of g-C3N4 and TaON with improved visible light photocatalytic activities 2010 484
Low co-ordination numbers in lanthanide and actinide compounds. Part I. The preparation and characterization of tris{bis(trimethylsilyl)-amido}lanthanides 1973 465
Synthesis and study of a mixed-ligand ruthenium(II) complex in its ground and excited states: bis(2,2′-bipyridine)(dipyrido[3,2-a : 2′,3′-c]phenazine-N4N5)ruthenium(II) 1990 414
Relaxation dynamics of dysprosium(III) single molecule magnets 2011 407
New photocatalyst BiOCl/BiOI composites with highly enhanced visible light photocatalytic performances 2011 344
Exchange interaction in tetrameric oxygen-bridged copper(II) clusters of the cubane type 1980 309


Figure 3: Cover art for Issue 17, Vol 38, 2009

Organometallic & Main Group Chemistry Year Citations*
The phase behaviour of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborates; ionic liquids and ionic liquid crystals 1999 1284
Arene ruthenium(II) complexes formed by dehydrogenation of cyclohexadienes with ruthenium(III) trichloride 1974 1183
Dichlorotetrakis(dimethyl sulphoxide)ruthenium(II) and its use as a source material for some new ruthenium(II) complexes 1973 799
Ammonia-borane: The hydrogen source par excellence? 2007 668
Transition metal-carbon bonds. Part XLII. Complexes of nickel, palladium, platinum, rhodium and iridium with the tridentate ligand 2,6-bis[(di-t-butylphosphino)methyl]phenyl 1976 663
Subvalent Group 4B metal alkyls and amides. Part I. The synthesis and physical properties of kinetically stable bis[bis(trimethysilyl)methyl]-germanium(II), -tin(II), and -lead(II) 1976 492
Frustrated Lewis pairs: A new strategy to small molecule activation and hydrogenation catalysis (On the cover, Figure 3) 2009 403
Alkyl, alkynyl, and olefin complexes of bis(π-cyclopentadienyl)-molybdenum or -tungsten: A reversible metal-to-ring transfer of an ethyl group 1974 180


Mechanistic studies & Theoretical Chemistry Year Citations*
SUPERQUAD: An improved general program for computation of formation constants from potentiometric data 1985 1565
The accuracy of DFT-optimized geometries of functional transition metal compounds: A validation study of catalysts for olefin metathesis and other reactions in the homogeneous phase 2012 308
The Mayer bond order as a tool in inorganic chemistry 2001 303
The mechanism of the modified Ullmann reaction 2010 281
Kinetics and mechanism of ortho-palladation of ring-substituted NN-dimethylbenzylamines 1985 213
Mechanism of reductive elimination of ethane from some halogenotrimethylbis(tertiary phosphine)platinum(IV) complexes 1974 175
Synthesis and properties of the divalent 1,2-bis(dimethylphosphino)ethane (dmpe) complexes MCl2(dmpe)2 and MMe2(dmpe)2 (M = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, or Fe). X-Ray crystal structures of MCl2(dmpe)2 (M = Ti, V, or Cr), MnBr2(dmpe)2, TiMe1.3Cl0.7(dmpe)2, and CrMe2(dmpe)2 1985 169


*citation data according to Scopus, accessed on 24 September 2021

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