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[Ge8{N(SiMe3)2}6]: A Ligand-Stabilized Ge Cluster Compound with Formally Zero-Valent Ge Atoms


  • We thank the DFG for financial support of this work through the “Semiconductor and Metal Clusters as Building Blocks for Organized Structures” program. We also thank Prof. H. Schnöckel for helpful discussions.


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Starting from germanium(I) bromide, which can be obtained by preparative co-condensation, the first polyhedral Ge cluster [Ge8{N(SiMe3)2}6] (see picture) has been synthesized in which the average oxidation state of all the Ge atoms in the cluster core lies between 0 and +1.