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1Author    RaphaelJ F Berger3, MichaelA. Schmidt3, Jonas Juséliusb, Dage Sundholmb, Peter Sirsch3, Hubert Schmidbaur3Requires cookie*
 Title    Tetraberyllium-?74-oxo-hexa(arylcarboxylates)  
 Abstract    Tetraberyllium-oxo-hexabenzoate and -hexa(mesitylcarboxylate) were prepared from ben­ zoic / mesitylcarboxylic acid and freshly precipitated beryllium hydroxide in a tetrahy-drofuran / water two-phase system. The crystal structure of the benzoate was deter­ mined from Be4 0 (0 C0 Ph)6 (CöH6)3 , and that of the mesitylcarboxylate from the phase Be4 0 (0 C0 Mes)6 (CCl4). The two clusters have the /i4-oxo cage structure also detected for the acetate and nitrate complexes, and for the related hexacarbonato hexaanion. The high symmetry of the cluster allows the observation of 9Be and l70 signals in the solution NMR spectra. The terminal atoms of the rigid carboxylate groups may be expected to lie at the vertices of large octahedra enclosing the cluster molecules. The axes of the six aryl groups would thus coincide with the axes of the cartesian coordinates with the /j 4 oxygen atom at the origin. This disposition suggests a connectivity suitable for cubic lattices if p-difunctional arene-dicarb-oxylate anions are employed instead of aryl-monocarboxylate anions. However, the new results show that significant deviations of the 0 Be2 0 2 C-Ar six-membered rings from planarity cause major deviations from octahedral symmetry and therefore no connectivity in cubic symmetry is to be expected. Fragmentation of the Be4 0 (0 C0 R)6 clusters upon ionization in a mass spectrometer leads predominantly to cations [Be3 0 (0 C0 R)3]+ which can be assigned a planar, highly symmet­ rical tricyclic core structure of D,^ symmetry. Quantum chemical calculations confirm dis­ crete energy minima for these cations and show that their stability is largely due to the favourable arrangement of alternating charges of neighbouring core atoms. The high polar­ ity of Be-O bonds rules out any significant contributions from aromaticity. The reactions of Be(OH)2 with 4 -HS-C6H4 -COOH and HS(CH2)2COOH give the corresponding cluster com­ pounds Be4 0 (0 C0 RSH)ö, [R = C6 H4 , (CH2 h] with six terminal mercapto functions. 
  Reference    Z. Naturforsch. 56b, 979—989 (2001); received June 26 2001 
  Published    2001 
  Keywords    Beryllium Chemistry, Beryllium Carboxylates, Quantum Chemical Calculations 
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 Identifier    ZNB-2001-56b-0979 
 Volume    56