Symmetry-Based Metal Complex Cluster Formation


  • Coordination Number Incommensurate Cluster Formation, Part 1. This research was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health, Grant DK32999. T. B. thanks the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung for a Postdoctoral Fellowship. We thank Dr. Fred Hollander for his assistance with the structure determination.


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As deduced from Nature, the principle of symmetry-driven self-assembly, based on incommensurate coordination numbers, is employed to design clusters using metal coordination as the driving force. The ten-component cluster on the right demonstrates the predicted cooperativity in cluster formation.