David Cordes’s favorite structure is:

tetrakis(4-cyanophenyl)methane tetrafluoroborate


Source: JACS 1989, 111, 5962-5964 (pic on p5963)


The first example of deliberate design of a crystalline coordination polymeric material. The components were chosen for specific geometric preferences, and the resulting structure showed one of the two predicted possible coordination networks.—David Cordes

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