Chemistry a European Journal
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Recent synthetic advances have afforded opportunities for the creation of a wide range of potentially tetradentate N2O2n‒ ligands. When combined with group 13 elements, robust functional molecular materials can be realized. This concept article describes advances surrounding group 13 complexes of selected families of N2O2n‒ ligands, including examples with unique chirality, sensing/detection capabilities, utility in organic electronics, and redox properties. It also highlights the bridge between fundamental main group chemistry and useful application that is being established within this research field.