Two new types of coordination cage have been prepared and structurally characterized: [M16(μ-L1)24]X32 are based on a tetra-capped truncated tetrahedral core and have a bridging ligand L1 along each of the 24 edges; [M12(μ-L1)12(μ3-L2)4]X24 are based on a cuboctahedral core which is supported by a combination of face-capping ligands L2 and edge-bridging ligands L1. The difference between the two illustrates how combinations of ligands with different coordination modes can generate coordination cages which are not available using one ligand type on its own.
Argent, S. P., Adams, H., Riis-Johannessen, T., Jeffery, J. C., Harding, L. P., & Ward, M. D. (2006). High-nuclearity homoleptic and heteroleptic coordination cages based on tetra-capped truncated tetrahedral and cuboctahedral metal frameworks. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128(1), 72-73. https://doi.org/10.1021/ja056993o