Students rarely get a chance to investigate structures having more than six bonds to an atom, yet as the CoolMolecules database amply shows, such molecules are quite common.

These molecules involve from seven to twelve ligands and almost appear to be alien species after focusing so intently on simpler molecules.

Suggested Activity

We suggest simply having the students do some exploration of the "cool structures" database. There are some really awesome molecules in there, and hopefully simple exploration will give the students a taste of the diversity of nature.

Here are some of our favorites: