Reversible P-P bond cleavage

Recent work out of the group of Martin Smith at Loughborough University presents the possibility of cleaving a P-P bond at an iridium(III) metal centre by adding an AuCl unit.

Computations elucidate the underlying energetics and rationalise the results using the natural bond orbitals (NBO) approach.

Graphical abstract: Reversible P–P bond cleavage at an iridium(iii) metal centre

You can find the full text as an Advance Article in Chem. Commun.: Reversible P–P bond cleavage at an iridium(III) metal centre.