Researchers Synthesise First Ever ‘Molecular Brass’


Brass has been known to the human race for hundreds of years, but this article on the Chemistry World website describes the first ever molecular example of the alloy.

Much is known about the chemistry of bulk brass, but understanding of the fundamental chemistry behind the properties of such alloys is still a big challenge to chemists, and molecular models of such mixed metal centres could allow this to be possible.

A group of researchers from Germany have utilised the landmark low-valent Zn(I)-Zn(I) compound published in Science by the Carmona group in 2004, combined with an isonitrile-functionalised copper compound to produce a remarkable new Zn-Cu cluster which resembles the inverse structure of bulk γ-brass, and so may give insight into the properties of this material.

Cool stuff!


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