Why is the nickel complex exhibiting the strongest pi-bonding?
From what I understand, charge density plays a role. Also we need some empty orbitals on the metal cation, since we're looking at Lewis adducts.
Also I note that some have positive overall charges; could this play a role? Metal cation <-> NO+ repulsion? So we might want a metal anion?
Also would size play a role? Size goes hand in hand with charge density. And what about "backbonding"?