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Splendid Isolation for a Nonmetallic Dication


  • This work was supported by the DFG.


Confined, but happy: The triflate salt of a germanium(II) dication, an atomic cation of a nonmetal, was isolated by encapsulation in [2.2.2]cryptand (see formula and molecular structure in the crystal). The cryptand satisfies the electron demand of the cation and sterically protects it (see space-filling depiction, right).

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