Polynuclear Technetium Halide Clusters

K. E. German and S. V. Kryutchkov

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 31, Moscow, 119 991 Russia

Received November 19, 2001

Abstract—This review addresses the progress in the chemistry of polynuclear technetium halide clusters that
has been achieved in works devoted to their synthesis, structure, and chemical and physical properties. The role
of Academician V.I. Spitsyn, who spearheaded the study of polynuclear technetium clusters at the Institute of
Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences, is noted. The chemical reactions and stability of technetium
halide clusters and their molecular and electronic structures are analyzed. Future trends in the development of
technetium cluster chemistry as one of the interdisciplinary branches of chemistry involving cluster chemistry
and the multiple-bond theory are overviewed.

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