Introduction to molecular clusters
Main-group clusters: Geometric and electronic structure, three-, four- and higher connect clusters, the closo-, nido-, arachno-borane structural paradigm, Wade-Mingos and Jemmis electron counting rules, clusters with nuclearity 4-12 and beyond 12. Structure, synthesis and reactivity.
Transition-metal clusters: Low nuclearity metal-carbonyl clusters and 14n+2 rule, high nuclearity metal-carbonyl clusters with internal atoms. Structure, synthesis and reactivity. Capping rules, isolobal relationships between main-group and transition metal fragments, metal-ligand complexes vs heteronuclear cluster.
Main-group-Transition-metal clusters: Isolobal analogs of p-block and d-block clusters, limitations and exceptions.
Clusters having interstitial main group elements, cubane clusters and naked or Zintl clusters.
Molecular clusters in catalysis, clusters to materials, boron-carbides and metal-borides.
Illustrative examples from recent literature.