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Low-valent silicon complexes:Transition metal-like catalysts (NEWSILICON)
Start date: Sep 1, 2012, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"This project principally concerns the use of silicon (the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust) as catalyst instead of transition metals. Although the importance of its abundance is well recognized in material chemistry, as it can be seen by the vast world production of silicon based materials (polymers, rubber, semiconductors), real success in chemistry with such a vision has never been achieved. This is probably due to the lack of appropriate stable silicon species with particular and highly modulable electronic properties which can be applied for various catalytic systems. We propose, in this project, the development of new silicon species with a transition metal like behavior. The success of this project should open a new wide research domain in chemistry and could change the vision of catalysis."

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