Issue Date: January 9, 2017
Actinide complex covalency measured by EPR
Mounting evidence suggests that actinide bonds have notable covalent character, making their chemistry more akin to transition metals than lanthanides. That covalency can be directly measured using pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, yielding some surprising results, reports a team from the University of Manchester (Nat. Chem. 2016, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2692). So-called superhyperfine coupling of a metal’s unpaired electrons with ligand nuclei that have non-zero spin can . . .
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