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Keywords:

  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • cationic hydride complexes;
  • dihydrogen activation;
  • rare-earth metals;
  • σ-bond metathesis
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In or out? A quadruply hydride-bridged dilutetium complex releases dihydrogen under C[BOND]H bond activation of one of the methyl groups of the ligand. The resulting trihydrido complex readily takes up dihydrogen (see scheme).