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    Combining strain-promoted azide–alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC) and inorganic click (iClick) reactivity provides access to metal 1,2,3-triazolates. Experimental and computational insights demonstrate that iClick reactivity of the tested metal azides (LM-N 3 , M = Au, W, Re, Ru and Pt) depends on the accessibility of the azide functionality rather than electronic effects imparted by the metal. SPAAC iClick reactivity with cyclooctyne is observed when the azide functionality is sterically unencumbered, e.g. [Au(N 3 )(PPh 3 )] (Au–N3), [W(η 3 -allyl)(N 3 )(bpy)(CO) 2 ] (W–N3), and [Re(N 3 )(bpy)(CO) 3 ] [bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine] (Re–N3). Increased steric bulk and/or preequilibria with high activation barriers prevent SPAAC iClick reactivity for the complexes [Ru(N 3 )(Tp)(PPh 3 ) 2 ] [Tp = tris(pyrazolyl)borate] (Ru–N3), [Pt(N 3 )(CH 3 )(P i Pr 3 ) 2 ] [ i Pr = isopropyl] (Pt(II)–N3), and [Pt(N 3 )(CH 3 ) 3 ] 4 ((PtN3)4). Based on these computational insights, the SPAAC iClick reactivity of [Pt(N 3 )(CH 3 ) 3 (P(CH 3 ) 3 ) 2 ] (Pt(IV)–N3) was successfully predicted. 
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    Heteroaryl azobenzene molecular switches often have superior performance compared to their parent azobenzene derivatives. Herein, we report the efficient photoswitching of phenylazopyridine 5‐methoxy‐2‐(2‐phenyldiazenyl)pyridine using1H NMR and UV/vis spectroscopy demonstrating >92 %Zat the photostationary state and a thermal half‐life of 6.3 days at room temperature. Kinetic studies are in good agreement with the DFT predicted isomerization barrier.

     
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    The reactivity of phosphaalkynes, the isolobal and isoelectronic congeners to alkynes, with metal alkylidyne complexes is explored in this work. Treating the tungsten alkylidyne [tBuOCO]W≡CtBu(THF)2(1) with phosphaalkyne (10) results in the formation of [O2C(tBuC=)W{η2‐(P,C)−P≡C−Ad}(THF)] (13‐tBuTHF) and [O2C(AdC=)W{η2‐(P,C)−P≡C−tBu}(THF)] (13‐AdTHF); derived from the formal reductive migratory insertion of the alkylidyne moiety into a W−Carenebond. Analogous to alkyne metathesis, a stable phosphametallacyclobutadiene complex [tBuOCO]W[κ2‐C(tBu)PC(Ad)] (14) forms upon loss of THF from the coordination sphere of either13‐tBuTHFor13‐AdTHF. Remarkably, the C−C bonds reversibly form/cleave with the addition or removal of THF from the coordination sphere of the formal tungsten(VI) metal center, permitting unprecedented control over the transformation of a tetraanionic pincer to a trianionic pincer and back. Computational analysis offers thermodynamic and electronic reasoning for the reversible equilibrium between13‐tBu/AdTHFand14.

     
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    The reactivity of phosphaalkynes, the isolobal and isoelectronic congeners to alkynes, with metal alkylidyne complexes is explored in this work. Treating the tungsten alkylidyne [tBuOCO]W≡CtBu(THF)2(1) with phosphaalkyne (10) results in the formation of [O2C(tBuC=)W{η2‐(P,C)−P≡C−Ad}(THF)] (13‐tBuTHF) and [O2C(AdC=)W{η2‐(P,C)−P≡C−tBu}(THF)] (13‐AdTHF); derived from the formal reductive migratory insertion of the alkylidyne moiety into a W−Carenebond. Analogous to alkyne metathesis, a stable phosphametallacyclobutadiene complex [tBuOCO]W[κ2‐C(tBu)PC(Ad)] (14) forms upon loss of THF from the coordination sphere of either13‐tBuTHFor13‐AdTHF. Remarkably, the C−C bonds reversibly form/cleave with the addition or removal of THF from the coordination sphere of the formal tungsten(VI) metal center, permitting unprecedented control over the transformation of a tetraanionic pincer to a trianionic pincer and back. Computational analysis offers thermodynamic and electronic reasoning for the reversible equilibrium between13‐tBu/AdTHFand14.

     
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