High-nuclearity clusters

Large metal clusters are possible models for metal particles with chemisorbed species. They are also potential intermediates in size-dependent transition from molecular to bulk metallic behaviour. The major obstacle to their study is the lack of facile high-yielding syntheses. We have developed a remarkably easy route into high-nuclearity ruthenium carbonyl clusters and have been exploring their physical and chemical properties. Ligand substitution in particular is amazingly facile.


Rudi van Eldik (Erlangen, Germany)
Frantisek Hartl (Reading, UK)
Jing Ma (Nanjing, PR China)

Selected Publications

  • M. P. Cifuentes, M. G. Humphrey, J. E. McGrady, P. Smith, R. Stranger, K. S. Murray and B. Moubaraki, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1997,119, 2647-2655:
    High-nuclearity ruthenium carbonyl cluster chemistry. 5. Electron paramagnetic resonance, magnetic susceptibility, local density functional and electronic spectroscopy studies on (carbido)decaruthenium carbonyl clusters