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[l] Most recent reviews: a ) O . J. Scherer, Angeir. Chem. 1990. 102, 11371155; Angew. Chem. fnf. Ed. Engl. 1990,29, 1104-1122; b) M. Scheer, E.
Herrmann. 2. Chem. 1990,30.41-55; cj T. P. Fehlner. C. E. Housecroft,
R. N. Grimes in Inorgunometaliic Chemisfry (Ed.: T. P. Fehlner), Plenum,
New York, 1992, Chapters 2. 3 , 6.
[2] 0. J. Scherer, K. Pfeiffer, G Heckmann, G. Wolmershiuser, .l
Chem. 1992, 425. 141 -149.
[3] a) 3monoclinic. C2/c(no.15); a = 37.654(7). h = 9.459(1), L‘ = 17.016(3) A,
= 105.772(8)”, 2 = 8,3781 independent reflections (Mo,,; 26,,, = 48 ’),
of which 2805 observed with 1 2 2a(/): 316 parameters, R(R,) =
0.062(0.061). b) 4 monoclinic, P2Jn. u = 11.609(2), b =16.948(1),
( = 21.894(4) A, fl = 99.16(1)”, Z = 4,
5187 independent reflections
(Mo,,; 20,,, = 48-), ofwhich 3369 observed with I t 2 4 1 ) : 267 parameters. R(R,j = 0.072(0.077). 4 contains about 1 disordered molecule
CH,CI, per formula unit. One C1 atom occupies two different general
positions (population ratio 0.610.4). c) Enraf-Nonius (CAD-4), T = 298 K,
solution and refinement of the structures with the programs SHELXS-86,
SHELX-76. Further details of the crystal structure investigations may he
obtained from the Fachinforniationszentrum Karlsruhe, Gesellschaft fur
wissenschaftlich-technische Information mbH. D-W-7514 EggensteinLeopoldshafen 2 (FRG) on quoting the depository number CSD-57030,
the names of the authors, and the journal citation.
[4] J. D. Corhett, Chem. Rev 1985, 85, 383-397. and references therein.
[5] M. E. O’Neill, K.Wade, J. Mul. Slruct. 1983, 103, 259-269.
161 ’ H NMR (400 MHz): 3 (C,D,, TMS ext j : 6 (298 K ) =1.28 ( s , 3OH); d
(190 K) =1.30 (s. 15H). 1.10 ( 5 , lSH), T, = 231 K, ACT*= 46 & 1
kJ mol- 4 (C,D,): d (298 K) = 1.63 (s, 30H). 1.91 ( s , 15 H). 1R (CH,CI,,
i.(CO)[cm-’]): 3: 1931 (vs), 1857 (br, s), 4: 1929 (vs), 1862 (br, s).
[7] The sphenocorona (Zalgaller polyhedron no. 86 I S ] ) has C,, symmetry and
consists of 10 vertices (2:4:2:2). 14 faces (12 equilateral triangles, 2
squares), and 22 edges.
[8] V. A. Zaigaller. Seminars in Muthemutrcs, Vol. 2 (Convex Puiyhedru with
Regulur Fares). Consultants Bureau, New York, 1969, pp, 1-92.
[9] Extensive discussion of the coordination number 16 in: D. L. Kepert,
Inorgunir S/ereurhemi.str.v, Springer, Berlin 1982, pp. 188-193.
[lo] L. A. Aslanov, V. T. Markov, Acta Cr.ysfa//ogr.Sect. A 1989,45,661-671.
[ l l ] D. M. P. Mingos, A. S. May in The Chemisfry of’MetalCIusterComplexes
(Eds.: D. F. Shriver, H. D. Kaesz, R. D. Adams), VCH, Weinheim. 1990,
pp. 62 - 70.
[ 1 2 ] P. Bellon, M. Manassero, M. Sansoni, J. Chem. Suc. Daifon Truns. 1972,
In the communication “The Seven-Component Reaction”
by A. Domling and I. Ugi (Angew. Chem. Znt. Ed. Engl. 1993,
32, 563 - 564) structural formula 14 is incorrect. The correct
formula is:
Book Reviews
Perspectives in Coordination Chemistry. Edited by A . F:
Williams, C. Floriani, and A . E. Merbach. VCH Verlagsgesellschaft, Weinheim/Verlag Helvetica Chimica Acta,
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It has now become common practice for the organizers of
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organic synthesis. Research on coordination chemistry
shows a trend towards studying compounds of ever increasing complexity, with improvements in the reliability of synthesis through control of reactions proceeding alongside developments in analytical methods.
It is therefore not surprising that most of the articles in this
volume are concerned with the area of “supramolecular
structures”, including clusters, with special attention not
only to structure and chemical selectivity but also to physical
and catalytic properties and the factors controlling them.
Here it becomes evident that the intelligent design and skillful synthesis of complex organic ligands now plays a very
important role. Mono- und polynuclear complexes with specially designed bgands are the subject of the contributions by
See1 and Vogtle, Braunstein, Gatteschi et al., Hancock, Denti and Balzani et al., Hosseini, and Lehn. The related area of
bioinorganic and relevant model systems is represented in
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Williams. Cluster formation and its coordinative aspects are
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and Biirgi. The latter, in outlining the fascinating BurgiDunitz concept, leads into studies of reaction mechanisms,
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Enderby. Other aspects of coordination chemistry are treated in the articles on high-resolution optical spectroscopy
(Giidel et al.), the 6 bond (Cotton), and the reactivities of
organoinetallic compounds (Carmona, Sanchez, et al.),
while the special relevance to organic synthesis is discussed
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There are. of course, differences in the nature and degree
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laboratory reports through informal essays to short reviews.
For example, whereas Hancock’s review of the size-selective
complexation of metal ions by polydentate chelate ligands
can be commended even to advanced students (cf. also a
similar recent article in the Journal of Chemical Education),
the article by Lehn suffers from the disadvantage of having
no diagrams o r structural formulas whatsoever, so that anyone who does not keep up with the details of published work
on supramolecular structures will have the irksome task of
referring to the cited papers to discover the structures of
compounds such as helicates, carcerands, or speleands.
Altogether the book presents an up-to-date and representative overview of the current state of coordination chemistry, its many different aspects, and its future potential.
Because of the central position that this subject occupies,
linking such widely different areas as solid-state research,
biochemistry, organic synthesis, and industrial catalysis, it is
essential to learn something about it o r to renew one’s
knowledge. even for nonspecialists.
Wolfgang Kaim
Institut fur Anorgdnische Chemie
der Universitiit Stuttgart (FRG)
Chemistry. The Central Science. By i? L. Brown, H. E. LeMay.
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