Molecule of the Month
January 2007
{M4O4} Cubanes

A survey of the crystal structures containing {M4O4} cubane units is reported. A system for classifying the different types of ligand in these complexes is proposed; a range of data is discussed in terms of the structural parameters.

This work was carried out in the group of Prof. Silvio Decurtins.


  • K. Isele, F. Gigon, A. F. Williams, G. Bernardinelli, P. Franz, S. Decurtins;
    "Synthesis, structure and properties of {M4O4} cubanes containing nickel(II) and cobalt(II)"
    Dalton Trans., 332-341, (2007); doi:10.1039/B614424A.