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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This page is a summary of: How Does CuII Convert into CuI? An Unexpected Ring-Mediated Single-Electron Reduction, Chemistry - A European Journal, August 2011, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201101551.
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Movie of the Cu(II)-to-Cu(I) reduction
This movie shows how the "reduction without reductants" occurs in a copper complex
Poster: Cu(II) reduction without reductants: insights from theory
This poster schematically describes the mechanism of the intramolecular reduction-cyclization process.
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-Open access version of this paper (accepted manuscript) -Frontispiece picture -Graphical abstract picture -Supplementary data: energy, geometry and pictures of the ring-shaped Cu(I) species found in this work.
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