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John R. Bleeke

Washington University in St. Louis
Metallabenzenes and Other Aromatic Metallacycles
Metallacyclic benzenoid compounds are benzene analogues in which a CH group has been formally replaced by a transition metal and its associated ligands. Such “metallabenzenes” represent a fundamentally new class of aromatic compounds in which metal d orbitals participate fully with carbon p orbitals in the formation of ring p-bonds. My group is developing new synthetic approaches to metallabenzenes and studying the physical and chemical properties of these novel molecules.
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