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Response to Comment on “Observation of alkaline earth complexes M(CO)8 (M = Ca, Sr, or Ba) that mimic transition metals”

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Science  09 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6453, eaay5021
DOI: 10.1126/science.aay5021


Landis et al. claim in their comment that Ca does not bind like a transition metal in Ca(CO)8. We reject their statement, which is based on a misconception of bonding models and misleading application and interpretation of quantum chemical methods for analyzing chemical bonds.

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