Synthesis and Characterization of Neutral, Homo and Heteronuclear Clusters with Unsubstituted Germanium or Tin Atoms


  • This work was supported by the Donors of the Petroleum Research Fund Administered by the American Chemical Society.


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The first, well-characterized, polyhedral cluster with two different heavier group 14 elements is prepared (see picture). Low-valent group 14 halides are used to synthesize species in which the majority of the group 14 atoms carry no organic substituents.