Five. Cluster and Polynuclear Compounds

  1. John R. Shapley
  1. Ruiyao Wang1,
  2. Zhiping Zheng1,
  3. Friedrich W. Koknat2,
  4. David J. Marko2,
  5. Achim Müller3,
  6. Samar K. Das3,
  7. Erich Krickemeyer3,
  8. Christoph Kuhlmann3,
  9. Bruno Therrien4,
  10. Laurent Plasseraud4,
  11. Georg Süss-Fink4,
  12. Antonio Di Pasquale5,
  13. Xinjian Lei5,
  14. Thomas P. Fehlner5,
  15. Enrique Lozano Diz4,
  16. Susanne Haak4,
  17. Elena Cariati6,
  18. Claudia Dragonetti6,
  19. Elena Lucenti7,
  20. Dominique Roberto6,
  21. Chang Yeon Lee8,
  22. Hyunjoon Song8,
  23. Kwangyeol Lee8,
  24. Bo Keun Park8,
  25. Joon T. Park8,
  26. James E. Hutchison9,
  27. Evan W. Foster9,
  28. Marvin G. Warner9,
  29. Scott M. Reed9 and
  30. Walter W. Weare9

Published Online: 21 APR 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0471653683.ch5

Inorganic Syntheses, Volume 34

Inorganic Syntheses, Volume 34

How to Cite

Wang, R., Zheng, Z., Koknat, F. W., Marko, D. J., Müller, A., Das, S. K., Krickemeyer, E., Kuhlmann, C., Therrien, B., Plasseraud, L., Süss-Fink, G., Pasquale, A. D., Lei, X., Fehlner, T. P., Diz, E. L., Haak, S., Cariati, E., Dragonetti, C., Lucenti, E., Roberto, D., Lee, C. Y., Song, H., Lee, K., Park, B. K., Park, J. T., Hutchison, J. E., Foster, E. W., Warner, M. G., Reed, S. M. and Weare, W. W. (2004) Cluster and Polynuclear Compounds, in Inorganic Syntheses, Volume 34 (ed J. R. Shapley), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471653683.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH 44555, USA

  3. 3

    Lehrstuhl für Anorganische Chemie I, Fakultät für Chemie, Universität Bielefeld, D-33501 Bielefeld, Germany

  4. 4

    Institut de Chimie, Université de Neuchâtel, CH-2000, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

  5. 5

    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA

  6. 6

    Dipartimento di Chimica Inorganica, Metallorganica e Analitica dell'Università di Milano, Unità di Ricerca dell'INSTM di Milano and Centro CIMAINA, 20133 Milano, Italy

  7. 7

    Istituto di Scienze e Molecolari del CNR (ISTM), 20133, Milano, Italy

  8. 8

    Department of Chemistry and School of Molecular Science, (BK21)Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejon, 305-701, Korea

  9. 9

    Department of Chemistry and Materials Science Institute, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 APR 2004
  2. Published Print: 19 SEP 2004

Book Series:

  1. Inorganic Syntheses

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471647508

Online ISBN: 9780471653684



  • neodymium;
  • amino acid;
  • molybdenum blue;
  • disproportionation;
  • organometallic oxide;
  • metalloborane;
  • iridium;
  • carbide;
  • silica;
  • hydroxide


Chapter 5, “Cluster and Polynuclear Compounds,” presents procedures for the synthesis of various types of polynuclear metal compounds. These include, for example, compounds in which the agent linking the metal centers features oxo, hydroxo, or halo ligands: a polynuclear lanthanide complex, [Nd43-OH)4(H2O)10(alanine)6][ClO4]8, a selection of giant, mixed-valent polyoxomolybdates, such as, Na21[MoVI126MoV28O462H14(H2O)54(H2PO2)7], an organoruthenium molybdate complex, (η6-p-MeC6H4iPr)4Ru4Mo4O16, and the ‘classic’ halide cluster, Ta6Cl18·8H2O. Straightforward preparations of metal-boron clusters with direct Ru-B bonds, e.g., nido-1,2-{η5-C5Me5)Ru}2B3H7, are presented. Compounds involving direct metal-metal bonds include the mixed-metal clusters [PPN][IrM3(CO)13],M[DOUBLE BOND]Ru, Os, the fullerene complex, Os3(CO)93222-C60), and triphenylphosphine-stabilized gold nanoparticles. The designed use of silica as a reaction medium and reagent is illustrated in high-yield procedures for preparing Os3(CO)10(μhyphen;H)(μ-OH),K2[Os4H2(CO)12], and Na2[Os10C(CO24]. Related procedures that use controlled amounts of base in glycol solution result in the efficient construction of the higher nuclearity compounds [NBu4]2[Ru6C(CO)16] and Na2[Os10H4(CO)24].