A classification scheme for inorganic cluster compounds based on their electronic structures and bonding characteristics

Zhenyang Lin*

Chin. J. Struct. Chem., 2024, 43: 100254. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjsc.2024.100254

May 15, 2024

Inorganic cluster compounds; Structure and bonding; Electron counting rules; Superatomic clusters


A novel classification scheme for inorganic cluster compounds is presented based on the characteristics of their electronic structures. In the classification scheme, five distinct categories have been introduced, including Jellium clusters, Wadian clusters, electron-precise clusters, π-donor ligated metal-metal bonded clusters, and antiferromagnetically coupled high-spin metal clusters.

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