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Keywords:

  • gas-phase reactions;
  • ligand effects;
  • N[BOND]H bond activation;
  • periodic trends;
  • transition metals
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The cover picture shows the then young Detlef Schröder, a mastermind dedicated to the sciences. With this special issue tribute will be paid to the memory of a distinguished scientist, an enthusiastic teacher, a supportive colleague, and an adorable friend. In their Full Paper on page 952 ff., Helmut Schwarz and co-workers have investigated (both experimentally and computationally) the reactions of cationic transition-metal hydroxides of the first row with ammonia.