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Structure and Bonding in Cyclic Isomers of B2AlHnm (n = 3−6, m = −2 to +1): A Comparative Study with B3Hnm, BAl2Hnm and Al3Hnm†

Mallick, Dibyendu and Parameswaran, Pattiyil and Jemmis, Eluvathingal D (2008) Structure and Bonding in Cyclic Isomers of B2AlHnm (n = 3−6, m = −2 to +1): A Comparative Study with B3Hnm, BAl2Hnm and Al3Hnm†. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 112 (50). pp. 13080-13087.

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Abstract

The structure, bonding and energetics of B2AlHnm (n = 3−6, m = −2 to +1) are compared with corresponding homocyclic boron, aluminum analogues and BAl2Hnm using density functional theory (DFT). Divalent to hexacoordinated boron and aluminum atoms are found in these species. The geometrical and bonding pattern in B2AlH4− is similar to that for B2SiH4. Species with lone pairs on the divalent boron and aluminum atoms are found to be minima on the potential energy surface of B2AlH32−. A dramatic structural diversity is observed in going from B3Hnm to B2AlHnm, BAl2Hnm and Al3Hnm and this is attributable to the preference of lower coordination on aluminum, higher coordination on boron and the higher multicenter bonding capability of boron. The most stable structures of B3H6+, B2AlH5 and BAl2H4− and the trihydrogen bridged structure of Al3H32− show an isostructural relationship, indicating the isolobal analogy between trivalent boron and divalent aluminum anion.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2010 09:23
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:58
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/26721

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