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Wai-Kee Li, Gong-Du Zhou, and Thomas Mak

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216949

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216949.001.0001

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Metal–Metal Bonds and Transition-Metal Clusters

Metal–Metal Bonds and Transition-Metal Clusters

(p.703) 19 Metal–Metal Bonds and Transition-Metal Clusters
Advanced Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Wai-Kee Li

Gong-Du Zhou

Thomas Chung Wai Mak

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes developments in the study of (transition) metal clusters held by metal-metal bonds. Similar to the case of boranes and carboranes, electron-counting rules have been devised to correlate the bonding and structure of metal clusters. Three sections are devoted to clusters with two to seven metal atoms, followed by a section on iso-bond valence and iso-structural series. The final section covers selected areas of metal-metal interaction, including aurophilicity, argentophilicity, metal string molecules, and metal-based infinite chains and networks.

Keywords:   argentophilicity, aurophilicity, bond valence, metal-metal bond, high-nuclearity clusters, interstitial heteroatoms, iso-bond valence, iso-structural clusters, quadruple bond, quintuple bond

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