Chemists succeed in synthesizing a molecule first predicted 20 years ago

Chemists from Saarland University have synthesized the first ‘heterobimetallic’ sandwich complex, a molecule with two different metal atoms, predicted 20 years ago. This molecule, featuring lithium and aluminum atoms between carbon rings, represents a new class of compounds. The synthesis, storage, and analysis of this highly reactive molecule required careful handling under inert conditions. This breakthrough, published in Nature Chemistry, may lead to further studies on the molecule’s reactivity and the potential creation of similar compounds with other metal combinations.

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