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Nano/Microporous Materials: Transition Metal Cyanides

  1. Tong-Bu Lu1,
  2. David J. Collins2,
  3. Hong-Cai Zhou2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia384

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Lu, T.-B., Collins, D. J. and Zhou, H.-C. 2009. Nano/Microporous Materials: Transition Metal Cyanides. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

  2. 2

    Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2009


Transition metal–cyanide clusters, in which the cyanide anion acts as a bridging ligand, exhibit a rich variety of shapes and sizes, from simple squares to high-nuclearity cubes and octahedra. Clusters may be homometallic or heterometallic, and a significant fraction of the transition metals are represented among these materials. Magnetic coupling in these clusters is widespread owing to the proximity of the metals and short length of the bridging cyanide. This review examines the structures and magnetic properties of the major types of transition metal–cyanide cluster materials.


  • metallocyanide;
  • cyano bridge;
  • metal-cyanide polygon;
  • metal-cyanide cage;
  • magnetic interaction;
  • single-molecule magnet