Inside Cover: Lewis Base Induced Reductions in Organolanthanide Chemistry (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 14/2010)



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C[BOND]H activation and reduction are both apparent in the reaction of [SmIII(AlMe4)3] with the heterocycle (CyNCH2)3 (Cy=cyclohexyl). As shown by N. W. Mitzel and co-workers in their Communication on page 2611 ff., C[BOND]H bonds of methyl groups are activated to form a carbyne complex with an {(HC)Al3Sm} unit, and spontaneous reduction to samarium(II) by methyl groups can also be observed.