Novel Compounds of Elements of Group 14: Ligand-Stabilized Clusters with “Naked” Atoms



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Naked Facts: Recently, cluster compounds that contain both ligand-bound and unsubstituted atoms of Group 14 have been described. The general formula MnRm, where m<n (see picture) can be assigned to these compounds. More recent developments in this area, the bonding situation within these compounds, and their possible significance for nanotechnology are discussed.