Aromatic Metal Clusters

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Science  02 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5505, pp. 841-842
DOI: 10.1126/science.1058418

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Aromaticity is used to describe the particular stability of certain unsaturated cyclic hydrocarbons, but unambiguous evidence for substantial aromatic stabilization of molecules unrelated to these hydrocarbons has been lacking. In their Perspective, Seo and Corbett highlight the study by Li et al. , who have synthesized Mal, the first aromatic metal clusters.