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Boron: Polyhedral Carboranes

  1. Narayan S. Hosmane1,
  2. John A. Maguire2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia029

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Hosmane, N. S. and Maguire, J. A. 2006. Boron: Polyhedral Carboranes . Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

  2. 2

    Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


Carboranes are compounds in which carbon, boron, and hydrogen atoms are present in polyhedral cages. The cages are stabilized by multi-centered bonds, which gives the carboranes unique chemical and structural properties. Many of these compounds are chemically and thermally stable enough to allow their use as boron delivery agent for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) in cancer treatment and as molecular assemblies.


  • carboranes;
  • electron deficient compounds;
  • BNCT;
  • macro-assemblies;
  • electron-counting rules;
  • diamond-square-diamond (DSD) process