Overcoming the reactivity slump of p-block elements
Some of the most important elements for current and future processes and technologies can be found in the so-called p-block of the periodic table. The structural, electrical, magnetic and catalytic properties of these elements and the compounds made of them are of increasing interest to chemists and engineers alike. However, common strategies aimed to enhance their reactivity alter their standard oxidation states - with detrimental effects. The EU-funded pCx4All project is developing innovative ways to add exceptional reactivity to selected p-block elements in their stable oxidation states. Exploiting structural constraint and ligand-element cooperativity will enable reactions successfully implemented with transition metals but not with p-block elements. The novel approach could usher in a new era of innovation with the p-block elements in their standard oxidation states.
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