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The Impact of Ligand Reorganization on Cerium(III) Oxidation Chemistry


  • E.J.S. and P.J.W. acknowledge the University of Pennsylvania and the NSF (CHE-1026553 and CHE-0840438 for an X-ray diffractometer). We thank Prof. Christopher R. Graves (Albright College) and Prof. Donald H. Berry (UPenn) for helpful discussions.


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Let's get cerium: The role of ligand organization in the redox chemistry of CeIII was investigated with a series of cerium(III)/alkali metal/1,1′-binolate (REMB) complexes. The electrochemical properties and chemical reactivity within the REMB framework are tunable through the choice of metal M, and the controlled redox behavior emphasizes the impact of ligand reorganization.