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Electronic and structural relations between solid CaB6 and the molecular dianion B6H6(2-): A computational study

AuthorsOliva, José M. ; Alcoba, Diego R.; Oña, Ofelia B.; Lain, Luís; Torre, Alicia; Jiao, Yang; Ma, Bo; Chen, Z.; Wu, Wei
Solid state
Chemical bond
Quantum chemistry
Issue Date7-Mar-2020
PublisherElsevier BV
CitationSolid State Sciences 102: 106169 (2020)
AbstractBy means of the isolobality concept between a hydrogen atom and the radical dianion [BH ] derived from an extraction of a hydrogen atom in the dianion [BH], forming part of the K(BH) structure, we rationalize the 3D boron skeleton architecture in the solids CaB and KB. The above statement is supported by electronic structure computations based on the Electron Localisation Function (ELF) in the dianion [BH] and radical anion [BH ]. Valence-Bond (VB) theory is also used in the study of the B–B sigma bond connecting the octahedra in the CaB structure, with the model dimer [(HB)B–B(BH)]. Quantum-chemical geometry optimizations of clusters extracted from the CaB solid structure show the analogies between molecular chemistry and solid-state chemistry: In the same way as benzene is the building block of graphene and graphite, the anion [BH] is the building block of CaB provided every hydrogen atom in [BH] is connected to a further [(B)] octahedron in the three directions of the 3D space, and every void at the Ca positions is embedded with two electrons.
Description7 pags., 6 figs., 1 tab.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2020.106169
Identifiersdoi: 10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2020.106169
issn: 1293-2558
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