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Keywords:

  • magnetic properties;
  • mesostructured materials;
  • mixed-valent compounds;
  • Prussian blue;
  • supramolecular chemistry
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Mesostructured Prussian blue analogues have been prepared by ligand-assisted templating in formamide. These materials, reported by M. MacLachlan et al. on page 511 ff., contain cyanide-linked metal centers organized around an alkyl pyrazinium template with lamellar, hexagonal, or cubic periodicity. The cover picture shows a synthesis of these compounds against a background painting dating from the early 1800s showing two chemists making Prussian blue, the oldest-known coordination complex. (Graphic by Elizabeth Varty; background image courtesy of Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.)