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The Goldman Group - Selected Publications


PNP-Pincer Complexes of Osmium: Comparison with Isoelectronic (PCP)Ir and (PNP)Ir+ Units" N. Lease, E. M. Pelczar, T. Zhou, S. Malakar, T. J. Emge, F. Hasanayn, K. Krogh-Jespersen, and A. S. Goldman. Organometallics. Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00738

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"Dehydrogenation of Alkanes and Aliphatic Groups By Pincer­ Ligated Metal Complexes" A. Kumar, T. Bhatti, A. S. Goldman. Chem. Rev. 2017, 117, 12357–12384 DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00247




"Protonation and Electrochemical Reduction of Rhodium– and Iridium–Dinitrogen Complexes in Organic Solution" G. Connor, N. Lease, A. Casuras, A.S. Goldman, P.L. Holland, J.M. Mayer. Dalton Trans. 2017, 46, 14325-14330 DOI: 10.1039/c7dt03476h


"Catalytic Dehydrogenative C-C Coupling by a Pincer-Ligated Iridium Complex" M. Wilklow-Marnell, B. Li, T. Zhou, K. Krogh-Jespersen, W. W. Brennessel, T. J. Emge, A. S. Goldman, W. D. Jones. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 8977–8989. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b03433

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"β-Hydride Elimination and C-H Activation by an Iridium Acetate Complex, Catalyzed by Lewis Acids. Alkane Dehydrogenation Co-Catalyzed by Lewis Acids and (Phebox)Ir" Y. Gao, C. Guan, M. Zhou, A. Kumar, A. M. Wright, K. I. Goldberg, K. Krogh-Jespersen, and A. S. Goldman J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017,139 (18), 6338–6350 DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b12995

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"Large-Scale Selective Functionalization of Alkanes" K. I. Goldberg and A. S. Goldman. Acc. Chem. Res. 2017, 50, 620-626. DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.6b00621

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“High Yields of Piperylene in the Transfer Dehydrogenation of Pentane Catalyzed by Pincer-Ligated Iridium Complexes" A. Kumar, J. D. Hackenberg, G. Zhuo, A. M. Steffens, O. Mironov, R. J. Saxton, and A. S. Goldman. J. Mol. Cat. A. 2017, 426, 368-375 DOI: 10.1016/j.molcata.2016.10.019

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"Single and Double C-H Activation of Biphenyl or Phenanthrene. An Example of C-H Addition to Ir(III) more Facile than Addition to Ir(I)" David A. Laviska, Tian Zhou, Akshai Kumar, Thomas J. Emge, Karsten Krogh-Jespersen and Alan S. Goldman. Organometallics 2016, 35(11), 1613-1623 DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00055

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"Alkyl-Aryl Coupling Catalyzed by Tandem Systems of Pincer-Ligated Iridium Complexes and Zeolites" Long V. Dinh, Bo Li, Akshai Kumar, William Schinski, Kathleen D. Field, Alexander Kuperman, Fuat E. Celik, Alan S. Goldman. ACS Catal., 2016, 6, 2836-2841. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b00149

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"Electrochemical and Chemical Routes to Hydride Loss from an Iridium Dihydride" A. G. Walden, A. Kumar, N. Lease, A. S. Goldman, A. J. M. Miller. Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 9766-9769 DOI: 10.1039/C6DT00522E

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"Catalytic alkane transfer-dehydrogenation by PSCOP iridium pincer complexes" W. Yao, X. Jia, X. Leng, A. S. Goldman, M. Brookhart, Z. Huang. Polyhedron, 2016, 116, 12-19 (special issue in honor of Malcolm Green) DOI: 10.1016/j.poly.2016.02.044

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"Experimental and Computational Study of Alkane Dehydrogenation Catalyzed by a Carbazolide-Based Rhodium PNP Pincer Complex" D. Bézier, C. Guan, K. Krogh-Jespersen, A. S. Goldman, M. Brookhart Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 2579-2586. DOI: 10.1039/C5SC04794C

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"Assessment of the Electronic Factors Determining the Thermodynamics of ‘Oxidative Addition’ of C-H and N-H Bonds to Ir(I) Complexes" D. Y. Wang, Y. Choliy, M. C. Haibach, J. F. Hartwig, K. Krogh Jespersen, A. S. Goldman J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 149-163. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b09522

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"Dehydrogenation of n-Alkanes by Solid-Phase Molecular Pincer-Iridium Catalysts. High Yields of α-Olefin Product" A. Kumar, T. Zhou, T. J. Emge, O. Mironov, Robert J. Saxton, K. Krogh Jespersen, A S. Goldman J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 9894-9911. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b05313

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"Recent Advances in Alkane Dehydrogenation Catalyzed by Pincer Complexes" A. Kumar and A. S. Goldman Top. Organomet. Chem. 2015, 54.

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"Activation and Oxidation of Mesitylene C-H Bonds by (Phebox)Ir(III) Complexes" M. Zhou, S. I. Johnson, Y. Gao, T. J. Emge, R. J. Nielsen, W. A. Goddard, A. S. Goldman. Organometallics, 2015, 34 (12), 2879–2888. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.5b00200

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"Addition of C-C and C-H Bonds by Pincer-Iridium Complexes: a Combined Experimental and Computational Study" D. A. Laviska, C. Guan, T. J. Emge, M. Wilklow-Marnell, W. W. Brennessel, W. D. Jones, K. Krogh-Jespersen, A. S. Goldman Dalton Trans. 2014, 43, 16354-16365. DOI: 10.1039/C4DT02043J



"Catalytic Cleavage of Ether C–O Bonds by Pincer Iridium Catalysts" M. C. Haibach, N. Lease, and A. S. Goldman, Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 10160–10163. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201402576

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"Acid-catalyzed Oxidative Addition of a C-H Bond to a Square Planar d8 Iridium Complex" J. D. Hackenberg, S. Kundu, T. J. Emge, K. Krogh-Jespersen and A. S. Goldman, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 8891–8894. DOI: 10.1021/ja503953v

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“Regeneration of an Iridium(III) Complex Active for Alkane Dehydrogenation Using Molecular Oxygen” Kate E. Allen, D. Michael Heinekey, Alan S. Goldman, and Karen I. Goldberg.  Organometallics, 2014, 33 (6), pp 1337–1340. DOI: 10.1021/om401241e

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"Synthesis and Characterization of Carbazolide-based Iridium PNP Pincer Complexes. Mechanistic and Computational Investigation of Alkene Hydrogenation: Evidence for an Ir(III)/Ir(V)/Ir(III) Catalytic Cycle" C. Cheng, B. G. Kim, D. Guironnet, M. Brookhart, C. Guan, D. Y. Wang, A. S. Goldman J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 6672−6683. DOI: 10.1021/ja501572g

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"Activation of C-O and C-F Bonds by Pincer-Iridium Complexes"  J. Hackenberg, K. Krogh-Jespersen and A. S. Goldman in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis: The Silver/Gold Jubilee International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry Celebratory Book (Ed. A. J. L. Pombeiro), John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 2014, pp. 39-58. ISBN: 978-1-118-51014-8

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"Rational Design of Highly Active “Hybrid” Phosphine-Phosphinite Pincer Iridium Catalysts for Alkane Metathesis" A. Nawara-Hultzsch, J. Hackenberg, B. Punji, C. Supplee, T. Emge, B. Bailey, R. R. Schrock, M. Brookhart, A. S. Goldman ACS Catalysis 2013, 3, 2505-2514. DOI: 10.1021/cs400624c

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"Olefin Hydroaryloxylation Catalyzed by Pincer-Iridium Complexes" M. C Haibach, C. Guan, D. Y. Wang, B. Li, N. Lease, A. Steffens, K Krogh-Jespersen and A S. Goldman J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 15062-15070. DOI: 10.1021/ja404566v

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"Catalytic Synthesis of n-Alkyl Arenes through Alkyl Group Cross Metathesis" G. E. Dobereiner. J. Yuan. R. R. Schrock. A. S. Goldman, J. D. Hackenberg J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 12572-12575. DOI: 10.1021/ja4066392

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"(POP)Rh pincer hydride complexes: unusual reactivity and selectivity in oxidative addition and olefin insertion reactions"  M. C. Haibach, D. Y. Wang, T. J. Emge, K. Krogh-Jespersen and A. S. Goldman Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 3683-3692. DOI: 10.1039/C3SC50380A



"Cleavage of Ether, Ester and Tosylate C(sp3)-O Bonds by an Iridium Complex, Initiated by Oxidative Addition of C-H Bonds. Experimental and Computational Studies" S. Kundu, J. Choi, D. Y. Wang, Y. Choliy, T. J. Emge, K. Krogh-Jespersen and A. S. GoldmanJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 5127-5143. DOI: 10.1021/ja312464b

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“Alkane Dehydrogenation by C–H Activation at Iridium(III)”  Kate E. Allen, D. Michael Heinekey, Alan S. Goldman, and Karen I. Goldberg.  Organometallics, 2013, 32 (6), pp 1579–1582.  DOI: 10.1021/om301267c

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Alkane Metathesis by Tandem Alkane-Dehydrogenation-Olefin Metathesis Catalyst and Related Chemistry.  Michael C. Haibach, Sabuj kundu, Maurice Brookhart, and Alan S. Goldman.  Acc. Chem. Res.  2012, 45 (6), 947-958. DOI: 10.1021/ar3000713   

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Theoretical Structure-Reactivity Study of Ethylene Insertion into Nickel-Alkyl Bonds. A kinetically significant and unanticipated role of trans influence in determining agostic bond strengths.  Faraj Hasaynan, Patrick Achord, Pierre Braunstein, Hamza Javar Magnier, Karsten Krogh-Jespersen and Alan S. Goldman.  Organometallics, 2012, 31 (13), 4680-4692. DOI: 10.1021/om300001n            

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Olefin Isomerization by Iridium Pincer Catalysts.  Experimental evidence for an n3-allyl pathway and an unconventional mechanism predicted by DFT calculations. Soumik Biswas, Zheng Huang, Yuriy Choliy, David Y. Wang, Maurice Brookhart, Kartsen Krogh-Jespersen, and Alan S. Goldman.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134 (32), 13276-13295.  DOI:10.1021/ja301464c       

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“Alkane Dehydrogenation” Michael Findlater, Jongwook Choi, Alan S. Goldman, and Maurice Brookhart.  In Alkane C-H Activation by Single Site Metal Catalysis, Catalysis of Metal Complexes Series, 2012, 38, 113-141.  DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-3698_4. 

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"Net Oxidative Addition of C(sp3)−F Bonds to a Transition Metal Center via C−H Bond Addition" J. Choi, D. Y. Wang, S. Kundu, Y. Choliy, T. J. Emge, K. Krogh-Jespersen, and A. S. Goldman, Science 2011, 332, 1545-1548, DOI: 10.1126/science.1200514

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"Synthesis and structural characterization of new polynuclear complexes of 1‑hydroxymethyl-3,5-dimethylpyrazole with Ni(II) and Fe(II)" R. Touzani, M. Haibach, A. J. Nawara-Hultzsch, S. E. Kadiri, T. J. Emge, and A. S. Goldman Polyhedron 2011, 30, 2530–2534.

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“Dehydrogenation and Related Reactions Catalyzed by Iridium Pincer Complexes" J. Choi, A. H. R. MacArthur, M. Brookhart, and A. S. Goldman Chem. Rev. 2011, 111, 1761-1779. DOI: 10.1021/cr1003503

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"Catalytic dehydroaromatization of n-alkanes by pincer-ligated iridium complexes" R. Ahuja, B. Punji, M. Findlater, C. Supplee, W. Schinski, M. Brookhart, A. S. Goldman Nature Chem. 2011, 3, 167-171.  DOI: 10.1038/nchem.946

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"Dehydrogenation of Ketones by Pincer-Ligated Iridium. Formation and Reactivity of Novel Enone Complexes" X. Zhang, D. Y. Wang, T. J. Emge and A. S. Goldman Inorg. Chim. Acta (special issue in honor of Robert Bergman) Volume 369, Issue 1, 15 April 2011, Pages 253–259, DOI: 10.1016/j.ica.2010.11.016 

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“A Highly Stable Adamantyl-Substituted Pincer-Ligated Iridium Catalyst for Alkane Dehydrogenation”  Benudhar Punji, Thomas J. Emge and Alan S. Goldman.  Organometallics, 2010, 29 (12), pp 2702–2709.  DOI: 10.1021/om100145q

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“Dihydrogen/Dihydride or Tetrahydride? An Experimental and Computational Investigation of Pincer Iridium Polyhydrides”  Travis J. Hebden, Karen I. Goldberg, D. Michael Heinekey, Xiawei Zhang, Thomas J. Emge, Alan S. Goldman and Karsten Krogh-Jespersen. Inorg. Chem., 2010, 49 (4), pp 1733–1742. DOI: 10.1021/ic902163w

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“Efficient Heterogeneous Dual Catalyst Systems for Alkane Metathesis”  Zheng Huang, Eleanor Rolfe, Emily C. Carson, Maurice Brookhart, Alan S. Goldman, Sahar H. El-Khalafy, Amy H. Roy MacArthur, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis Volume 352, Issue 1, Pages 125-135. DOI: 10.1002/adsc.200900539

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"Chemistry and Mechanism of Alkene Polymerization Reactions with Metallocene Catalysts" Y. V. Kissin and A. S. Goldman,  Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2009, 210, 1942-1956.



“Cleavage of sp3 C−O Bonds via Oxidative Addition of C−H Bonds”  Jongwook Choi, Yuriy Choliy, Xiawei Zhang, Thomas J. Emge, Karsten Krogh-Jespersen and Alan S. Goldman, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131 (43), pp 15627–15629. DOI: 10.1021/ja906930uf

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“Rational Design and Synthesis of Highly Active Pincer-Iridium Catalysts for Alkane Dehydrogenation”  Sabuj Kundu, Yuriy Choliy, Gao Zhuo, Ritu Ahuja, Thomas J. Emge, Ralf Warmuth, Maurice Brookhart, Karsten Krogh-Jespersen, Alan S. Goldman Organometallics 2009 28 (18), 5432-5444 DOI: 10.1021/om900568f

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“Highly Active and Recyclable Heterogeneous Iridium Pincer Catalysts for Transfer Dehydrogenation of Alkanes“  Zheng Huang, Maurice Brookhart, Alan S. Goldman, Sabuj Kundu, Amlan Ray, Susannah L. Scott, Brian C. Vicente, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2009, 351, 188 – 206, DOI: 10.1002/adsc.200800615.

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"An Evaluation of Mo and W Metathesis Catalysts for Homogeneous Tandem Alkane Metathesis" B. C. Bailey, R. R. Schrock, S. Kundu, A. S. Goldman, Z. Huang, and M. Brookhart, Organometallics, 2009, 28 (1), pp 355–360, DOI: 10.1021/om800877q.

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"Bond breaking bacteria-style" (News and Views article) A. S. Goldman, Nature Chem. 2009, 1, 109-110.


"Unusual Structural and Spectroscopic Features of Some PNP-Pincer Complexes of Iron"  E. M. Pelczar, T. J. Emge, K. Krogh-Jespersen, and A. S. Goldman, Organometallics, 27 (22), pp 5759-5767. October 17, 2008, DOI: 10.1021/om800425p

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"Combined Experimental and Computational Studies on Carbon-Carbon Reductive Elimination from Bis(hydrocarbyl) Complexes of (PCP)Ir" R. Ghosh, T. J. Emge, K. Krogh-Jespersen and A. S. Goldman, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 11317-11327. DOI: 10.1021/ja800434r

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"Addition of Alkyl Radicals to Transition-Metal-Coordinated CO: Calculation of the Reaction of [Ru(CO)5] and Related Complexes and Relevance to Alkane Carbonylation" F. Hasanayn, N. H. Nsouli, A. Al-Ayoubi, and A. S. Goldman, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 511-521. DOI: 10.1021/ja072704f


"Catalytic Ring Expansion, Contraction, and Metathesis-Polymerization of Cycloalkanes" R. Ahuja, S. Kundu, A. S. Goldman, M. Brookhart, B. C. Vicente, and S. L. Scott, Chem. Commun. 2008, 253-255. DOI: 10.1039/B712197K


"Dimerization of Alkynes Promoted by a PincerLigated Iridium Complex. C-C Reductive Elimination Inhibited by Steric Crowding" R. Ghosh, X. Zhang, P. Achord, T. J. Emge, K. Krogh-Jespersen and A. S. Goldman J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 853-866. DOI: 10.1021/ja0647194


"A mixed-valent chloride-bridged (pincer)Ir(III)-(diene)Ir(I) complex" E. M. Pelczar, T. J. Emge and A. S. Goldman, Acta Cryst. C., 2007, 63, m323-m326. DOI:10.1107/S0108270107022378


"Dinitrogen Complexes of Pincer-Ligated Iridium" R. Ghosh, M. Kanzelberger, T. J. Emge, G. S. Hall and A. S. Goldman Organometallics 2006, 25, 5668-5671. DOI: 10.1021/om0607043


"Catalytic Alkane Metathesis by Tandem Alkane-Dehydrogenation–Olefin-Metathesis" A. S. Goldman, A. H. Roy, Z. Huang, R. Ahuja, W. Schinski, and M. Brookhart Science 2006, 312, 257-261. DOI: 10.1126/science.1123787


"Catalytic post-modification of alkene polymers. Chemistry and kinetics of dehydrogenation of alkene polymers and oligomers with pincer Ir complexes" A. Ray, Y. V. Kissin, K. Zhu, A. S. Goldman, A. E. Cherian, and G. W. Coates J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 2006, 256, 200-207. DOI: 10.1016/j.molcata.2006.04.017


"Reaction of nitromethane with an iridium pincer complex. Multiple binding modes of the nitromethanate anion" X. Zhang, T. J. Emge, R. Ghosh, K. Krogh-Jespersen and A. S. Goldman Organometallics 2006, 25, 1303-1309. DOI: 10.1021/om050659j


"Selective cleavage of the C-C bond of aminoethyl groups, via a multi-step pathway, by a pincer iridium complex" X. Zhang, T. J. Emge, R. Ghosh, and A. S. Goldman J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 8250-8251. DOI: 10.1021/ja051300p


"Dehydrogenation of aliphatic polyolefins catalyzed by pincerligated iridium complexes" A. Ray, K. Zhu, Y. V. Kissin, A. E. Cherian, G.W. Coates, and A. S. Goldman Chem. Comm. 2005, 3388-3390. DOI: 10.1039/B502120K


"Oxidative Addition of Ammonia to Form a Stable Monomeric Amido Hydride Complex" J. Zhao, A. S. Goldman and J. F. Hartwig Science 2005, 307, 1080-1082.


"Selective Addition to Iridium of Aryl C-H Bonds Ortho to Coordinating Groups. Not Chelation–Assisted" X. Zhang, M. Kanzelberger, T. J. Emge and A. S. Goldman, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 13192-13193.


"Highly Effective Pincer-Ligated Iridium Catalysts for Alkane Dehydrogenation. DFT Calculations of Relevant Thermodynamic, Kinetic, and Spectroscopic Properties" K. Zhu, P. D. Achord, X. Zhang, K. Krogh-Jespersen and A. S. Goldman, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 13044-13053.


"A Hexanuclear Iridium Complex with a Novel Binding Mode of a PCP-Pincer Ligand" X. Zhang, T. J. Emge and A. S. Goldman, Inorg. Chim. Acta. 2004, 357, 3014-3018 (Special issue on Chemistry of Rhodium and Iridium).


"Tantalum Pentachloride as a Coupling Agent for Stereohindered Amide Bond Formation" J. B. Fang, R. Sanghi. J. Kohn and A. S. Goldman, Inorg. Chim. Acta. 2004, 357, 2415-2426.

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