Volume 90 Issue 7 | p. 38 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 13, 2012

Boron Runs Rings Around Metals

Study leads to 10 boron atoms around a metal ion, setting a coordination record for a planar species
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: planar compounds, hypercoordination, boron cluster, computational chemistry, photoelectron, spectroscopy, solid-state chemistry

A multi-institution research team has created wheel-like TaB10 and NbB10 clusters that set a record for the highest coordination number in any planar molecule (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., DOI: 10.1002/anie.201107880). Alexander I. Boldyrev of Utah State University and Lai-Sheng Wang of Brown University and coworkers have often teamed up to engineer seemingly impossible . . .

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