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[Ge9{Si(SiMe3)3}3{SnPh3}]: A Tetrasubstituted and Neutral Deltahedral Nine-Atom Cluster


  • We thank the National Science Foundation (CHE-0742365) for the financial support of this research. A.M.-C. is supported by FONDECYT 11100027 and P07-006-F. We also thank Dr. Jaroslav Zajicek for the help with NMR spectroscopy.


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Reaching neutral territory: The title compound, the first tetrasubstituted deltahedral Zintl cluster, is no longer an ion (see picture; Ge green, Si purple, Sn blue). It is a neutral molecule formed by a reaction of the trisilylated anion with Ph3SnCl.