Reduction without reductants
What is it about?
A Cu(II)→Cu(I) reduction within one molecule and without any external reducing agents is unveiled for the first time by integrated experimental /theoretical analyses.
Why is it important?
Molecular-level understanding of complex chemical events may greatly help to optimize processes of great technological relevance, such as the production of nanomaterials from molecular precursors. Since very little information is directly accessible to experimental analytic techniques, these transformation processes are unfortunately still largely oscure. For example, the production of copper(I) oxide materials from copper(II) complexes in the absence of any explicit reducing agent - observed in many experiments, even under oxidizing conditions - remained unexplained for many years. For the first time, our work explained such event and revealed a new family of Copper(I) compounds showing a characteristic ring shape.
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