{K subset of [Mo6(μ-CN)9(CO)18]}8-: A trigonal- prismatic cyanometalate cage

Stephen M. Contakes, Thomas B. Rauchfuss

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The trigonal prism is rare in chemistry, and it has now been established as a new geometry for cage compounds. In the title compound, a cyanometalate cage obtained from the reaction of [Mo(CO)3(MeCN)3] with 1.5 equivalents of CN- in the presence of K+, the formally 18-coordinate K+ ion lies at the center of the prism (shown schematically). Thus, classical metal-carbonyl complexes are promising precursors to cyanometalate cages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1984-1986
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 2 2000


  • Cage compounds
  • Cyanides
  • Inclusion compounds
  • Molybdenum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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