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Molecular and Supramolecular Arrays of the [Re63-Se)8]2+ Core-Containing Clusters

  1. Zhiping Zheng

Published Online: 15 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia396

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Zheng, Z. 2009. Molecular and Supramolecular Arrays of the [Re63-Se)8]2+ Core-Containing Clusters. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2009


Transition metal clusters are a unique class of chemical substances. Not only do they have well-defined molecular structures, they also exhibit interesting and potentially useful properties that are inherent to metal–metal bonded species. In this contribution, our efforts in developing synthetic methodologies necessary to bring a cluster system out of the limited sphere of fundamental cluster chemistry and into general synthetic applicability are summarized. Specifically, we have explored the uses of site-differentiated cluster complexes of the [Re63-Se)8]2+ core as stereospecific building blocks for supramolecular construction. A great variety of cluster-supported molecular and supramolecular architectures have been realized. These include Tinkertoy-like molecular cluster arrays featuring cluster units bridged by multitopic ligands and supramolecular assemblies of clusters engineered via hydrogen bonding and metal–ligand coordination. Some of these nanoscopic cluster-containing systems display rather interesting electronic and spectroscopic properties and, therefore, hold great potential in developing molecule-based electronic and optical materials. The work therefore marks the beginning of what promises to be an exciting new chapter in cluster chemistry.


  • nanomaterials;
  • supramolecular chemistry;
  • metal clusters;
  • building blocks;
  • metallodendrimers;
  • self-assembly;
  • synthetic methodology;
  • coordination polymers