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The Chemistry of Metal Cluster Complexes.

Metal clusters have now become a substantial portion of organometallic chemistry and the time is ripe for some of the leading practitioners to summarize our current understanding of the area. Inevitably, there are comparisons to Advances in Organometallic Chemistry but the present offering focusses entirely on clusters.

Summaries of the present views of bonding (Mingos and May), of ligand substitution reactions (Darensbourg) and of polyhedral rearrangements (Johnson and Rodgers) update earlier reviews by these authors. Perhaps the most valuable contributions are those of Adams, who attempts to put cluster synthesis on some sound mechanistic principles, and of Lavigne, who discusses the wealth of cluster-assisted ligand transformations. This first volume continues with an account by Gladfelter and Roesselet on clusters as catalysts or catalysts precursors, and concludes with Bruce's comprehensive compilation of cluster reviews. The volume is clearly mandatory reading for those heavily involved in cluster chemistry.
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Author:McGlinchey, Mike
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 1992
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