Physical organic chemistry Platonic solids molecules
Today I saw some pictures of organic molecules in the form of Platonic solids, for example, cubane as in the picture below. I was curious if such compounds have any practical use? Or are they synthesized only to demonstrate the beauty of organic chemistry?
I know that, for example, octanitrocubane is of interest as a highly effective explosive
By the way, not all Platonic solids can be obtained in organic chemistry. The carbon frame of organic molecules can be only in the form of a cube, tetrahedron and dodecahedron. Moreover, unsubstituted tetrahedrane hasn't been synthesized due to the high angular stress in the structure, but its derivatives have been obtained with bulky substituents that don't allow the structure to decompose
thanks for the answer!
I think a carbon icosahedral molecule would look really cool:)