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Molybdenum Takes On A Dozen Zincs

Compound with 12 Mo–Zn bonds sets a precedent for transition-metal bonding
Department: Science & Technology

Pushing the known boundaries of bonding in transition-metal compounds, a European research team has synthesized a highly coordinated complex containing a MoZn12 core (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., DOI: 10.1002/anie.200802811). The unusual Mo[Zn12(CH3)9(Cp*)3] molecule, where Cp* is the pentamethylcyclopentadienyl ligand, appears to have 12 metal-ligand bonds and provides a bridge between traditional transition-metal coordination compounds and main-group cluster compounds.

The team led by Thomas Cadenbach and Roland A. Fischer of Ruhr University, in Bochum, . . .

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