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Nickel: Inorganic & Coordination Chemistry

  1. Simon R. Collinson,
  2. Martin Schröder

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia150

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Collinson, S. R. and Schröder, M. 2006. Nickel: Inorganic & Coordination Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


The general features and coordination chemistry of Ni0 to NiIV and complexation to cyanide, N-, P-, O-, S-, and halide-donor ligands are detailed. The reactivity of NiII complexes in the template synthesis of macrocycles and for the oligomerization and polymerization of alkenes are highlighted. The stabilization of radical NiI and NiIII centers is related to the associated ligand types and metal-ion stereochemistries. The supramolecular chemistry of NiII includes the formation of aggregates, framework polymers, and receptors. The structures of a number of Ni-containing enzymes have been elucidated and the formation of low-molecular weight complex mimics is discussed.


  • macrocyclic ligands;
  • template reactions;
  • porphyrins;
  • electrochemistry;
  • polymerization;
  • supramolecular chemistry;
  • biological chemistry