Structural Variations and Magnetic Studies of Polymetallic Cages

Euan K. Brechin, Alasdair Graham, Craig M. Grant, Mark Murrie, Simon Parsons, Richard E. P. Winpenny

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Families of cages, where similar structures can be made with different 3d-metals are discussed. A variety of synthetic strategies have been developed, and magnetic and spectroscopic measurements on some of these cages are described. The majority of the structures described are based on tricapped-trigonal prisms, but variations in structure caused by steric requirements of the ligands are seen. Spin ground states of S = 8, 4 and 2 are observed for a series of nickel cages, and an EPR active spin state of S = 6 for a chromium cage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-994
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2000


  • inorganic chemistry
  • review
  • structure (solids and liquids)
  • transition metals


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