Last month, we broke the news that Emory chemist Craig Hill and colleagues were retracting two papers in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and one in Science. At the time, the Science move was pending, but now the journal has officially pulled the article, titled “A Late-Transition Metal Oxo Complex: K7Na9[O=PtIV(H2O)L2], L = [PW9O34]9–”.
The notice reads:
On the basis of new experiments (NMR studies with 17 O-labeled compounds and varying pH, additional x-ray crystallography, and others), the authors of the Report “A Late-Transition Metal Oxo Complex: K7Na9[O=PtIV(H2O)L2], L = [PW9O34]9–” (1) have concluded that the full body of data does not support structural assignment of the title compound as a terminal platinum oxo. As a result, we retract the publication. The assignment is clarified in (2).
Reference two is a new paper in the journal Inorganic Chemistry, “Revisiting the Polyoxometalate-Based Late-Transition-Metal-Oxo Complexes: The “Oxo Wall” Stands.” As we noted last month, the Science paper has been cited 98 times.
Those interested in Hill’s explanation of what happened with the studies can read our interview with him here.