Getman, Thomas D. Department of Chemistry, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan.
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A cluster compound containing both carbon (C) and boron (B) atoms as well as hydrogen (H) atoms external to the framework of the cluster. A cluster compound is one with insufficient electrons to allow for classical two-center two-electron bonds between all adjacent atoms. Sometimes the term carborane is used as a synonym for closo-1,2-C2B10H12, commonly referred to as ortho-carborane. Carboranes are of interest because of their nonclassical bonding, their relatively high thermal stability, and their ability, when containing the 10B isotope, to capture neutrons efficiently. See also: Borane
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