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Keywords:

  • bridging oxo ligands;
  • copper;
  • diamond core;
  • nickel;
  • nucleophilicity
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Cores and effect: Unlike homobimetallic analogues, the heterobimetallic CuNi bis(μ-oxo) diamond core has nucleophilic oxo groups. A similar heterobimetallic core may, therefore, act as a viable intermediate during the deformylation of fatty aldehydes by cyanobacterial aldehyde decarbonylase.