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From the Wang Lab: "Reinventing the Wheel" with a New Bimetallic Cluster

October 12, 2017

A publication from the lab of Prof. Lai-Sheng Wang has been featured in RSC ChemistryWorld. The article highlights synthesis of a new molecular wheel composed of 6 gold atoms and 2 triple-bonded niobium atoms. With implication in ligand design, the Nb2Au6– ring features a bond shorter than that of the Nb2 triple bond, and according to the publication in Chemical Science, "a new bonding mode in metal–ligand systems" featuring delocalized sigma bonding. 

The Wang Lab is a physical chemistry lab at Brown, using both spectroscopic methods and computational chemistry to synthesize, predict, and analyze the structure of novel compounds.