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Accessing Zinc Monohydride Cations through Coordinative Interactions


  • We thank NSERC Canada, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for financial support, and Compute/Calcul Canada for computational resources. We thank Nupar Dabral for assistance with the VT NMR studies.


We present isolable examples of formal zinc hydride cations supported by N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) donors, and investigate the dual electrophilic and nucleophilic (hydridic) character of the encapsulated [ZnH]+ units by computational methods and preliminary hydrosilylation catalysis.