Advances in Chemical Research (ACR) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of chemistry. 

As well as reflecting the traditional core subjects of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, the journal also features a broad range of chemical research in areas including, but not limited to, catalysis, computational and theoretical, environmental, green , medicinal, nuclear, polymer, supramolecular and surface chemistry. Other cross-disciplinary topics, such as bioinorganic, bio-organic, organometallic and physical–organic chemistry, will also be featured. 

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Special Issue

Coordination Chemistry and Metal Complexes

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Maxim L. Kuznetsov, PhD, Dr. Habil.

Centro de Química Estrutural, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001, Lisbon, Portugal


Research Interests: computational chemistry; coordination chemistry; molecular catalysis; oxidation of hydrocarbons; activation of small molecules; reaction mechanism; chemical bond nature; cycloaddition; nitriles; non-covalent interactions

About This Topic

The first recorded scientific observation of an inorganic coordination compound (complex ion [Cu(NH3]4]2+) was made by Andreas Libavius in 1597. However, modern coordination chemistry starts its history from the seminal works of Alfred Werner who formulated theory of coordination compounds used in our days. Since that time, coordination chemistry has transformed into one of the most fundamental fields among the chemical sciences. Metal complexes – the primary subjects of coordination chemistry – represent a vast group of chemical species with extremely broad application in all fields of chemistry and chemical industry including but not limiting by pharmacology, catalysis, and new materials with valuable properties.

The Special Issue “Coordination Chemistry and Metal Complexes” will cover all aspects related to these research field and type of compounds. The previously unpublished manuscripts reporting experimental and/or theoretical studies on the synthesis, characterization, application of coordination compounds, reaction mechanisms, and the development of new synthetic methods and strategies involving or leading to metal complexes are welcome.

In addition, papers in our special issue allow open access, retained copyright, through rigorous peer-review, free of charge and fast publication if it is officially accepted. 

Planned Papers

Title:  Fluxionality of Coordination Compounds:  New Theoretical Developments 
Authors: Rubik Asatryan and Eli Ruckenstein

Title: A Moving Water-Metal Ion Model for DNA Cleavage by S.aureus DNA Gyrase
Author: Ben Bax
Affiliation: Medicines Discovery Institute, Cardiff University, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK


Open Access Original Research

Theoretical investigation of the single and double ionization spectra of M(CO)6, M = W and Cr

Received: 26 April 2020;  Published: 14 December 2020;  doi: 10.21926/acr.2004010


In this work, we study the single and double ionization spectra of the , with complexes by applying the four-component algebraic diagrammatic construction and Fock-space coupled cluster methods to extend earlier studies based on less demanding approaches. The computed single and double ionization potentials are in good agreement comparing [...]
Open Access Original Research

Synthesis of Tris(arylphosphite)-ligated Cobalt(0) Complexes [Co2(CO)6{P(OAr)3}2], and their Reactivity towards Phenylacetylene and Diphenylacetylene

Received: 07 September 2020;  Published: 25 November 2020;  doi: 10.21926/acr.2004009


The dinuclear complexes [Co2(CO)6{P(OAr)3}2] (1a, Ar = Ph; 1b, Ar = o-Tol) were prepared and reacted with PhC≡CH and PhC≡CPh to yield dimetallatetrahedranes [{(ArO)
Open Access Original Research

The Unexpected Synthesis of a New (μ2-hydroxo-μ2-peroxo) Dicobalt Complex

Received: 26 July 2020;  Published: 07 September 2020;  doi: 10.21926/acr.2003008


The compound, [cis-dichloro-(tris-2-amino(ethylamine))cobalt(III)]chloride hydrate, [cis-Cl2-(tren)Co(III)Cl]·H2O, a conglomerate crystallizing in P21 with Z = 4 (Z’ = 2), has been used as a precursor in the synthesis of a new dicobalt(III) peroxo complex: [(μ2-hydroxo)(μ2-peroxo)bis(tris-2-amino(ethylamine))di-cobalt(III)] tris(triiodide [...]
Open Access Research Article

1-Decylbenzimidazole Copper(II) Complexes: Combined Experimental and DFT PCM and TD-DFT Computational Studies

Received: 29 June 2020;  Published: 27 August 2020;  doi: 10.21926/acr.2003007


1-Decylbenzimidazole (dbim) copper(II) complexes formed during solvent extraction were thoroughly studied, and their structures were predicted. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of their structures and Time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations of their spectra indicated that 1-decylbenzimidazole forms both mono- and binuclear complex [...]
Open Access Original Research

A Preparation and Structural Characterization of the Hydrated Trifluoride Salt of the [Co(NH3)6]3+ Cation: [Co(NH3)6]F3 · 2H2O. The Unexpected Preparation of [Co(NH3)6](BF4)(SiF6) from Pyrex Glass, and the Syntheses and Structures of (NH4)[Co(NH3)6](BF4)2(2Cl) and of (NH4)[Co(NH3)6]2(SiF6)3(Cl) · 3H2O

Received: 28 June 2020;  Published: 23 July 2020;  doi: 10.21926/acr.2003006


It is historically interesting to note that, whereas the [Co(NH3)6]3+ cation was isolated by Tassaert in 1798 (which he described as the tri-chloride) and that, in the early days of Coordination Chemistry, Jørgensen and Werner isolated many of its other salts, the fluoride [...]
Open Access Short Review

Personal Observations on the Critical and Unusual Role of Palladium Environment on Reaction Pathways

Received: 10 October 2019;  Published: 08 January 2020;  doi: 10.21926/acr.2001003


This article summarizes some surprising palladoreactions occurring in a transition metal environment, discovered by our team, and the proposed corresponding mechanisms.
Open Access Review

Vanadium: Biological, Environmental, and Engineering Aspects

Received: 18 December 2019;  Published: 08 January 2020;  doi: 10.21926/acr.2001002


Vanadium is an element that is widely distributed in Earth’s crust as well as in sea-water and ground-water reservoirs. Therefore, it exerts a great influence on the issues related to life and environment. Vanadium is utilized by several marine organisms. For example, there are vanadate-dependent haloperoxidases in algae and several bacteria [...]
Open Access Research Article

Solvatochromism of Copper(II) Complexes Derived from Trifluoroacetylacetone and Dinitrogen Ligands

Received: 18 September 2019;  Published: 19 November 2019;  doi: 10.21926/acr.1904001


Mixed ligand copper(II) complexes of the empirical formula [Cu (L)(TFAA)]X, where L represents 2,2´-bipyridine (Bipy), 1,10´-phenanthroline (Phen), or 4,7-diphenyl-1,10´- phenanthroline (Dphen), TFAA is 1,1,1-Trifluoro-2,4-pentanedione, and X is the counter ion (BF4- or ClO4-), were synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic, magnetic [...]