A molecular model of an inorganic complex on a transparent acrylic base




A molecular model of a simple metal coordination compound on a clear acrylic base



Molecular model of an endo-lanthanum C60 fullerene


Molecular Models of Inorganic Complexes,

Metallo-Organic Compounds and Clusters


Coordination complexes, organometallic compound, metallo-organic compounds and cluster compounds make up a large and diverse group of structures and are described a variety of ways, often confusingly, and the distinction between them can occasionally be tenuous. What they all have in common, though, are metal atoms set within discrete molecular structures. These molecules vary widely in size - from small molecules such as metal carbonyls through to enormous multi-centred molecules stretching many tens of angstroms across. - but all can (at least in principle) be isolated as single molecules.

Such molecules make excellent candidates for models and, particularly when mounted on a suitable base, they can be particularly arresting and decorative. Moreover, such molecules can often represent the most important compound of a student's doctoral research project - or even the most significant material produced in a person's work life - and are ideal for presentations to celebrate a doctorate successfully completed, or retirement from a long and successful career.

If you have completed months, or even years, synthesising and studying an inorganic complex, or if you have a guest speaker that you want to give something special to, what better way than with one of our molecular models?

The models can, as show here, be mounted on a perspex base (clear, black, or any colour of your choosing), a wooden base, or stone base (granite, slate, limestone). We can include larger balls to emphasise the metal atoms, add inscribed metal plaques to commemorate the occasion, and we can provide presentation boxes to present them with.
All we require from you are the coordinates of the complex (cif, xyz, pdb, or any other common crystallographic file format), and a list of what you want in your model. Typically, you should allow two weeks for us to make up a relatively small, uncomplicated model, depending on our workload at the time, but we can turn models around in less time if necessary.


A ball and stick model of a polymeric coordination compound on a black acrylic base


A model of a uranium dimer compound on a transparent base




A ball and stick molecular model of a symmetrical metal complex on a granite base



A model of a cerocene (Ce(cot)2) molecule on a clear base