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Molecular Clusters of the Main Group Elements



Molecular Clusters of the Main Group Elements

Matthias Driess (Editor), Heinrich Nöth (Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-61437-0 November 2008 460 Pages


With more than 20 contributions from leading research groups, this book provides essential information for chemists and materials scientists working with molecular clusters.
It treats both homonuclear and heteronuclear clusters, including:
the theory and concepts in main-group cluster chemistry,
* novel boranes and heteroboranes,
* silicon/germanium/tin clusters,
* alkali metal suboxides,
* clusters in alloys with mercury,
* chalkogen clusters
* and numerous other compound classes.
The whole is illustrated by examples of the great potential for technical applications such as
electron storage, cancer therapy and in optoelectronic devices.
Its systematic coverage of all relevant main group elements makes this the prime reference source in the field.

List of Contributors.

1. Theory and Concepts in Main-Group Cluster Chemistry (R. King & P. Schleyer).

2.1 Homonuclear Boron Clusters (H. Nöth).

2.2 Boron Clusters in Medical Applications (D. Gabel & Y. Endo).

2.3 Clusters of the Heavier Group 13 Elements (G. Schnöckel, et al.).

2.4 Discret and Extended Metal Clusters in Alloys with Mercury and Other Group 12 Elements (H. Deiseroth).

2.5 Molecular Cages and Clusters of the Heavier Group 14 Elements (E= Si, Ge, Sn or Pb) of Formula EnRm (n > m) (N. Wiberg & P. Power).

2.6 Homoatomic Cages and Clusters of the Heavier Group 15 Elements: Neutral Species and Cations (I. Krossing).

2.7 Cages and Clusters of the Chaicogens (W. Sheldrick).

3.1 Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metal Suboxides and Subnitrides (A. Simon).

3.2 Carboranes: From Small Organoboranes to Clusters (A. Berndt, et al.).

3.3 Heteropolyboranes With the Heavier Group 14 Elements (L. Wesemann & N. Hosmane).

3.4 Borane Clusters with Group 15 and Group 16 Heteroatoms: Survey of Compounds and Structures (P. Paetzold).

3.5 Heteropolyalanes, -gallanes, -indanes and -thallanes (W. Uhl and H. Roesky).

3.6 Cluster Growing Through Ionic Aggregation: Synthesis and Structural Principles of Main Group Metal—Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Arsenic Rich Clusters (M. Driess, et al.).


"This book is by far the best such compilation produced to date." (Journal of the American Chemical Society, February 16, 2005)

"The present publication will be of great value for researchers working with molecular clusters." (E-STREAMS, November 2004)