Volume 85 Issue 47 | pp. 52-53
Issue Date: November 19, 2007

New Strides In Metal-Metal Bonding

Recent research efforts yield a record short Cr–Cr bond and the first stable Mg(I) compounds
Department: Science & Technology

The periodic table, after more than a century of valuable service, is still yielding surprises about the chemistry of the elements. Two just-reported examples are the synthesis of a dichromium complex with the shortest metal-metal bond length on record and the synthesis of the first stable magnesium(I) compounds that also happen to contain rare Mg–Mg bonds.

The focus of each research paper reporting these two advances is different, yet the chemistry that made the compounds . . .

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