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Keywords:

  • nanoparticles;
  • N-heterocyclic carbenes;
  • ruthenium;
  • solid-state NMR spectroscopy;
  • surface reactivity
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NHCs go nano: Ruthenium nanoparticles were formed from (cyclooctadiene)(cyclooctatriene)ruthenium(0) and stabilized by N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). Solid-state NMR spectroscopy revealed both the coordination of the NHC ligands on the surface of the particles and their surface reactivity.