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Keywords:

  • cluster compounds;
  • crystallography;
  • lanthanides;
  • magnetic properties;
  • self-assembly

Abstract

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New balls please! The viability of using carbonate as the primary anion in cluster formation is demonstrated in the synthesis of ‘lanthaballs’, spherical tridecanuclear lanthanoid complexes with a novel [Ln(CO3)6] moiety in a [Ln13(CO3)14] core (see picture). The chirality of the lanthaballs is evidenced in the configuration of extended columns of π-stacked phenanthroline ligands. The structural and magnetic properties of lanthaballs are investigated.