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Characterization of an unanticipated indium-sulfur metallocycle complex

Morris, Joshua J., Nevin, Adam, Cornelio, Joel and Easun, Timothy L. ORCID: 2023. Characterization of an unanticipated indium-sulfur metallocycle complex. Royal Society Open Science 10 (9) , 230060. 10.1098/rsos.230060

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We have produced a novel indium-based metallocycle complex (In-MeSH), which we initially observed as an unanticipated side-product in metal–organic framework (MOF) syntheses. The serendipitously synthesized metallocycle forms via the acid-catalysed decomposition of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) during solvothermal reactions in the presence of indium nitrate, dimethylformamide and nitric acid. A search through the Cambridge Structural Database revealed isostructural zinc, ruthenium and palladium metallocycle complexes formed by other routes. The ruthenium analogue is catalytically active and the In-MeSH structure similarly displays accessible open metal sites around the outside of the ring. Furthermore, this study also gives access to the relatively uncommon oxidation state of In(II), the targeted synthesis of which can be challenging. In(II) complexes have been reported as having potentially important applications in areas such as catalytic water splitting.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Additional Information: License information from Publisher: LICENSE 1: URL:, Type: open-access
Publisher: The Royal Society
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 September 2023
Date of Acceptance: 7 August 2023
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 20:15

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