Surprising acid/base and ion-sequestration chemistry of Sn9(4-): HSn9(3-), Ni@HSn9(3-), and the Sn9(3-) ion revisited.


K(4)Sn(9) dissolves in ethylenediamine (en) to give equilibrium mixtures of the diamagnetic HSn(9)(3-) ion along with K(x)Sn(9)((4-x)-) ion pairs, where x = 0, 1, 2, 3. The HSn(9)(3-) cluster is formed from the deprotonation of the en solvent and is the conjugate acid of Sn(9)(4-). DFT studies show that the structure is quite similar to the known… (More)
DOI: 10.1021/ja3018797

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