Hybrid Uranium–Oxalate Fullerene Topology Cage Clusters


  • This material is based upon work supported as part of the Materials Science of Actinides Center, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0001089.


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Fullerene′s topology: Inorganic–organic hybrid cage clusters containing 36 and 60 uranyl peroxide polyhedra and 6 or 30 oxalate groups (see representation of a {U60} cluster) self-assemble in aqueous solution under ambient conditions. These clusters, which are derivatives of fullerene topologies, were crystallized for structure analysis, and are readily dissolved intact in water.