Well-defined, nanometer-sized LiH cluster compounds stabilized by pyrazolate ligands

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The assembly of well‐defined large cluster compounds of ionic light metal hydrides is a synthetic challenge and of importance for synthesis, catalysis, and hydrogen storage. The synthesis and characterization of a series of neutral and anionic pyrazolate‐stabilized lithium hydride clusters with inorganic cores in the nanometer region is now reported. These complexes were prepared in a bottom‐up approach using alkyl lithium and lithium pyrazolate mixtures with silanes in hydrocarbon solutions. Structural characterization using synchrotron radiation revealed isolated cubic clusters that contain up to 37 Li+ cations and 26 H− ions. Substituted pyrazolate ligands were found to occupy all corners and some edges for the anionic positions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1338-1341
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2014


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