Volume 94 Issue 25 | p. 7 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 20, 2016

Oxidation state +10 a possibility

Should chemists be able to prepare it, the platinum oxide [PtO4]2+ would set a new standard for highest oxidation state in a compound
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: theoretical chemistry, oxidation state, metal oxide, theoretical chemistry, computational chemistry, chemical bonding

The oxidation state of an atom in a molecule is an important means of electron bookkeeping and determining structure and bonding, so the question of just how high oxidation states can go is a curiosity to chemists. Researchers have prepared compounds containing oxidation states that stretch from –4 to +9, with +9 being the latest addition to the list in 2014 when [IrO] was reported. Haoyu S. Yu and . . .

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