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Structure of [14.22]adz

Adamanzanes (abbreviated Adz) are compounds containing four nitrogen atoms linked by carbons (analogous to adamantane with nitrogen at the branched position). Often coordinated to a central ligand, the nitrogens occupy the vertices of a tetrahedron, with potentially four faces and six edges, with the carbon chains running approximately along the edges. They can have a "bowl" or "cage" structure, with varying lengths or omission of the carbon chains. In the nomenclature of Springborg et al. (1996) these can be described according to the number of chains of specified length: thus, for example, [14.22]adz is 1,3,6,8-tetraazatricyclo[,8]-dodecane, a compound which contains four one-carbon chains and two two-carbon chains linking the nitrogens.[1]

36adamanzane has found a special use in the preparation of "inverse sodium hydride", a compound in which Na and H+ ions coexist, due to the ability of the adamanzane to encapsulate the H+ and render it kinetically inert to react with the Na.[2]


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  2. ^ Mikhail Y. Redko; et al. (2002). ""Inverse Sodium Hydride": A Crystalline Salt that Contains H+ and Na". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 124 (21): 5928–5929. doi:10.1021/ja025655+.