Electronic Delocalization in Two and Three Dimensions: Differential Aggregation in Indium “Metalloid” Clusters

Andrey V. Protchenko, Juan Urbano, Joseph A.B. Abdalla, Jesús Campos, Dragoslav Vidovic, Andrew D. Schwarz, Matthew P. Blake, Philip Mountford, Cameron Jones, Simon Aldridge

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Reduction of indium boryl precursors to give two- and three-dimensional M−M bonded networks is influenced by the choice of supporting ligand. While the unprecedented nanoscale cluster [In68(boryl)12] (with an In12@In44@In12(boryl)12 concentric structure), can be isolated from the potassium reduction of a bis(boryl)indium(III) chloride precursor, analogous reduction of the corresponding (benzamidinate)InIIIBr(boryl) system gives a near-planar (and weakly aromatic) tetranuclear [In4(boryl)4]2− system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15098-15102
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2017


  • boryl
  • gallium
  • Group 13 elements
  • indium
  • metal cluster

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