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Keywords:

  • carbene ligands;
  • f-block elements;
  • metallo-Wittig reactivity;
  • multiple bonding;
  • uranium complexes
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A straightforward oxidation strategy affords the first pentavalent uranium carbene complex, 2. Owing to the structural similarity of 1 and 2, it was possible for the first time to directly probe the differences in U[DOUBLE BOND]C bonding on oxidation of UIV to UV.