Soluble alkaline-earth metal hydrides

Calcium hydride (CaH2) is a salt that is fully insoluble in organic solvents. With the right ligand it can be brought into solution in aromatic solvents and becomes highly reactive. Even more reactive are the recently discovered heavier Sr and Ba hydride clusters.



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Rational Design of a Well-Defined Soluble Calcium Hydride Complex
DOI: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.10.1002/anie.200601013

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A Simple Route to Calcium and Strontium Hydride Clusters
DOI: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.10.1002/anie.201706786

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Simple Access to the Heaviest Alkaline Earth Metal Hydride: A Strongly Reducing Hydrocarbon-Soluble Barium Hydride Cluster
DOI: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.10.1002/anie.201709771