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Timur R. Galeev, Dr. Constantin Romanescu, Wei-Li Li, Prof. Dr. Lai-Sheng Wang and Prof. Dr. Alexander I. Boldyrev Observation of the Highest Coordination Number in Planar Species: Decacoordinated Ta©B10− and Nb©B10− Anions Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Article first published online: 1 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201107880

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Molecular wheels: Decacoordinated molecular wheels, Ta©B10 (see picture) and Nb©B10, showing the highest coordination number for the central atom in a planar environment at present, were produced in a laser-vaporization supersonic molecular beam and characterized by photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. The highly symmetric Ta©B10 and Nb©B10 anions are doubly aromatic with six delocalized π electrons and ten delocalized σ electrons.

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