M(1,12-diaminododecane)Ni(CN)4.G (M = Co, Ni or Cd; G = chlorobenzene; 1,2-; 1,3- or 1,4- dichlorobenzene) clathrates were prepared in powder form for the first time and their infrared spectra were reported and then compared with M(1,10-diaminodecane)Ni(CN)4. 1,5G (M = Co, Ni or Cd; G = chlorobenzene; 1,2-; 1,3- or 1,4-dichlorobenzene) clathrates. The spectral results suggest that the characteristic ν(CN) and δ(NiCN) frequencies are found to be similar to those known for the Hofmann type compounds, in that prepared compounds are similar in structure to this type compounds and their structures consist of polymeric layers [M-Ni(CN)4]∞ with the 1,12-diaminododecane molecule bound to the metal atom (M). Also, the results suggest that the ligand molecule with 10 to 12 of chain length have no effect on vibrational bands of the guest molecules in the similar Hofmann-diam-type clathrates. The normal mode frequencies and corresponding vibrational assignments of chlorobenzene and 1,2-; 1,3- or 1,4-dichlorobenzene in the ground state were calculated by DFT/B3LYP level of theory using the 6-311G(d, p) basis set in Gauss-view. In addition, these theoretical results were compared to the experimental results for the vibrational modes of host molecules. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.