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Platinum Metals Rev., 1974, 18, (1), 14

Russian Progress in Platinum Chemistry

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The centenary of Lev Aleksandrovich Chugaev (Platinum Metals Review, 1973, 17, (4), 144–148), was the occasion for numerous biographical articles in the Russian scientific press. However, one of the most interesting manifestations was the October 1973 issue of Zhurnal Neorganicheskoi Khimii. This was entirely devoted, apart from a valedictory article on Chugaev, to papers on coordination chemistry in celebration of the anniversary.

Russian chemists have for years published more contributions in this field than has any other nation, and the Russian Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, to give its translated title, publishes several articles on the chemistry of the platinum metals every month. In this issue 13 of the 44 articles on coordination chemistry deal with the platinum metals.

Three papers from the Novosibirsk State University concern platinum(II) complexes with norleucine, platinum(II) chelates with glycylglycine, and optical activity of platinum (II) complexes with mono- and bidentate L-proline. Two papers from the Leningrad Technical Institute concern platinum(II) complexes with hydrogen sulphide, and with N -methylhydroxylamine. Two from the Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology deal with hydrolysis of pentahalo complexes of nitrosoruthenium, and with tert-phosphonium iridium salts. The remaining six papers originate at six other separate universities and institutes, showing the wide interest in this subject in the U.S.S.R.

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