Main Group Chemistry

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Main Group Chemistry is intended to be a primary resource for all chemistry, engineering, biological, and materials researchers in both academia and in industry with an interest in the elements from the groups 1, 2, 12–18, lanthanides and actinides. The journal is committed to maintaining a high standard for its publications. This will be ensured by a rigorous peer-review process with most articles being reviewed by at least one editorial board member. Additionally, all manuscripts will be proofread and corrected by a dedicated copy editor located at the University of Kentucky.

The journal will publish rapid, short, communications, full, detailed articles, and shorter, less developed notes. Periodically, the editors will solicit reviews on the latest main group developments. In particular, we would like to eventually publish reviews covering every column of the main group elements, and some that are focused on single elements. This will advertise and showcase the beauty and breadth of main group chemistry.


David A. Atwood
Department of Chemistry
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

   Editorial Board

Prof. Andrew Barron, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA Prof. Wing-Por Leung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Prof. Vladimir I. Bregadze, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia Prof. Leonard R. MacGillivray, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA
Prof. Raymundo Cea-Olivares, Autonomous Universidad, Mexico City, Mexico Prof. Michael McKee, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA
Prof. Alan H. Cowley, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA Prof. Robert Paine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Prof. François P. Gabbaï, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA Prof. Gerard Parkin, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Dr. John C. Gordon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA Prof. Philip P. Power, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA, USA
Prof. Kenneth W. Henderson, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA Prof. Gregory H. Robinson, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Prof. Narayan Hosmane, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL, USA Prof. Herbert W. Roesky, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
Prof. Frieder Jäkle, Rutgers University, Newark, NY, USA Dr. David Schubert, U.S. Borax, Inc., Greenwood Village, CO, USA
Prof. Peter Jutzi, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany Prof. Karin Ruhlandt-Senge, Syracuse University , New York, NY, USA
Prof. Richard A. Kemp, Sandia National Laboratories and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA Prof. Jonathan Steed, University of Durham, Durham, UK
Prof. Risto Laitinen, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland Prof. J. Derek Woollins, St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, UK


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2.6 Synthesis and Characterization of Salen(tBu)AlBr (1)

A rapidly stirred solution of Et2AlBr in toluene, prepared in situ by the redistribution of triethylaluminum (0.750 g, 6.57 mmol) and aluminum(III) bromide (0.890 g, 3.34 mmol), was combined with a solution of salen(tBu)H2 (5.00 g, 10.2 mmol) in toluene (50 mL) by cannula. The reaction mixture was refluxed for 8 h and filtered to obtain a clear yellow solution. The volatiles were removed under vacuum to isolate 1 as a pale yellow microcrystalline solid. The compound could be purified by recrystallization from toluene. Yield:  4.80 g (79.2 %). Mp: 330-332°C (dec);  1H NMR (CDCl3): 1.48 (s,18H), 1.72 (s,18H), 3.93 (d, 2H), 4.35 (d, 2H), 7.35 (d, 2H), 7.43 (d, 2H), 8.56 (s, 2H); 27Al NMR (104.15 MHz, CDCl3): d 57 (W1/2 = 5000 Hz); IR (KBr; cm-1): 2962 (m), 2905 (w), 2866 (w); MS (EI, positive) m/z: 597 (M+, 8%), 517 (M+ - Br, 100%). Elemental Analysis Calculated for C38H50N2O2AlBr (1): C 72.53, H 8.00. Found: C 72.70; H 7.93.

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[1]  (Journal Articles)K. Kim, O. Tsay, D. A. Atwood, D. G. Churchill, Destruction and detection of chemical warfare agents, 111 (2011) 5345-5403.

[2]  (Books) S. Cotton, S., Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 2006; pp. 89-90.

[3]  (Articles from Edited Books) M. Aoyama, Oceans and Seas, Radionuclides in the Environment, D. A. Atwood, Ed., John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 2010; pp. 339-346.

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