A surprisingly simple reaction converts the normally inert prototypical hydridoborate cluster closo-B12H122- not only to closo-B12(OH)122- but also, at less-elevated temps., to the new hypocloso-B12(OH)12·- radical anion. Both approx. icosahedral closo and hypocloso cluster ions were structurally characterized as the Cs salts and their properties were assessed exptl. and theor. on SciFinder(R)
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