Beyond the icosahedron: The first 13-vertex carborane

Anthony Burke, David Ellis, Barry T. Giles, Bruce E. Hodson, Stuart A. Macgregor, Georgina M. Rosair, Alan J. Welch*

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Cornering the 13th vertex: The first 13-vertex carborane (see picture, B: brown, C: gray, H: white) has been prepared by a methodology that can in principle be applied repeatedly, leading to 14-, 15-, 16-, ... vertex carboranes in the future. The 13-vertex species has a henicosahedral geometry, not the docosahedral one expected, but the two forms are found to be very close in energy by DFT calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-228
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2003


  • Boron
  • Carboranes
  • Density functional calculations
  • Structure elucidation
  • Synthetic methods


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