Special Issue "Synthesis and Characterization of Metal-Cluster Compounds"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystalline Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Martin Köckerling
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Guest Editor
Universität Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Interests: transition metal-cluster; inorganic synthesis; X-ray structure; ionic liquids; tetracyanoborates; materials properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For more than hundred years compounds with metal-metal bonded polynuclear units, called clusters, are in the focus of tremendous research activities. This comes from the fact that cluster units somehow can be considered to define the borderline between bulk metals and small molecules and thereby are prone to have properties of molecules and bulk materials at the same time. Whereas before, investigations were focussed on the metal cores, their structures and electronic properties, in recent years investigations have started to spread out to define the extraordinary materials properties of such compounds, such as luminescence, X-ray absorption properties, singlet oxygen production, surface modification, nano-structuration, photocatalysis, organics/inorganics hybrid composites, or functional surfaces, to name a few.

The Special Issue on the Synthesis and Characterization of Metal-Cluster-Compounds is intended to provide an international forum aimed at covering the new developments and broad range of activities in the field of metal-cluster compounds from transition as well as main group metals. Scientists working in a wide range of disciplines are invited to contribute to this special issue.

Prof. Dr. Martin Köckerling
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Metal-Cluster
  • Metal-Metal Bonding
  • Synthesis
  • Transition Metal Cluster
  • Main Group Metal-Cluster
  • Zintl Compound
  • Crystal structure
  • Properties

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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