cubane


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cubane

[′kyü·bān]
(organic chemistry)
[C8H8(polycyclic octane)] A cage hydrocarbon with carbons and their bonds at the corners and along the edges, forming a cube.
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In the early 1980s, Army researchers recognized that cubane derivatives, especially octanitrocubane, could pack an incredible punch.
Adding the eight nitro groups to cubane proved to be a challenge.
The transformations involving oxidation and three subsequent reductions are likely centred at the outer Mn(III) and cubane Mn(IV) ions, respectively.
The molecule cubane consists of just eight carbon atoms bonded together in--as its name indicates--the shape of a cube, with hydrogen atoms at the corners.
and the University of Chicago have determined the structure of solid cubane at high temperatures.
So far, researchers have gotten as far as four substitutions, which make the cubane explosive.
Lipscomb also knew of smaller boron compounds that resembled other carbon molecules: For example, the eight-carbon cubane matches with a six-boron hydride ion.