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  1. Abstract

    Reaction of [CuH(PPh3)]6with 1 equiv. of Tl(OTf) results in formation of [Cu6TlH6(PPh3)6][OTf] ([1]OTf]), which can be isolated in good yields. Variable‐temperature1H NMR spectroscopy, in combination with density functional theory (DFT) calculations, confirms the presence of a rare Tl−H orbital interaction. According to DFT, the1H chemical shift of the Tl‐adjacent hydride ligands of[1]+includes 7.7 ppm of deshielding due to spin‐orbit effects from the heavy Tl atom. This study provides valuable new insights into a rare class of metal hydrides, given that[1][OTf]is only the third isolable species reported to contain a Tl−H interaction.

     
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  2. Reaction of [Ni(1,5-cod) 2 ] (30 equiv.) with PEt 3 (46 equiv.) and S 8 (1.9 equiv.) in toluene, followed by heating at 115 °C for 16 h, results in the formation of the atomically precise nanocluster (APNC), [Ni 30 S 16 (PEt 3 ) 11 ] (1), in 14% isolated yield. Complex 1 represents the largest open-shell Ni APNC yet isolated. In the solid state, 1 features a compact “metal-like” core indicative of a high degree of Ni–Ni bonding. Additionally, SQUID magnetometry suggests that 1 possesses a manifold of closely-spaced electronic states near the HOMO–LUMO gap. In situ monitoring by ESI-MS and 31 P{ 1 H} NMR spectroscopy reveal that 1 forms via the intermediacy of smaller APNCs, including [Ni 8 S 5 (PEt 3 ) 7 ] and [Ni 26 S 14 (PEt 3 ) 10 ] (2). The latter APNC was also characterized by X-ray crystallography and features a nearly identical core structure to that found in 1. This work demonstrates that large APNCs with a high degree of metal–metal bonding are isolable for nickel, and not just the noble metals. 
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  3. We report the selective electrochemical biphasic capture of the uranyl cation (UO 2 2+ ) from mixed-metal alkali (Cs + ), lanthanide (Nd 3+ , Sm 3+ ), and actinide (Th 4+ , UO 2 2+ ) aqueous solutions to an organic, 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE), phase using the ortho -substituted nido -carborane anion, [1,2-(Ph 2 PO) 2 -1,2-C 2 B 10 H 10 ] 2− (POCb2−). The reduced POCb2− is generated by electrochemical reduction of the closo -carborane, POCb, prior to mixing with the aqueous mixed-metal solution. Subsequent UO 2 2+ release from the captured product, [UO2(POCb)2]2−, was performed by galvanostatic bulk electrolysis of the DCE phase and back-extraction of UO 2 2+ to a fresh aqueous phase. The selective capture and release of UO 2 2+ was confirmed by combined ICP-OES and NMR spectral analyses of the aqueous and organic phases, respectively, against the newly synthesized nido -carborane complexes, [[CoCp*2][Cs(POCb)]]2, [CoCp*2]3[Nd(POCb)3], [CoCp*2]3[Sm(POCb)3], and [CoCp*2]2[Th(POCb)3]. 
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