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BxGe120/+ Clusters with x=1-4: Germanium Tubes Stabilized by Three and Four Boron Dopants

Hung Tan Pham, N. V., Rizzo, H. G., Havenith, R. W. A. & Minh Tho Nguyen, N. V., 10-Oct-2019, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 123, 40, p. 24676-24684 9 p.

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Some boron-doped germanium clusters BxGe12q with x = 1, 2, 3, and 4 and q = 0, 1 were designed as stabilized double ring tubes. While the B2Ge12 constitutes the smallest deltahedral germanium cluster, both B3Ge12+ and B4Ge12 clusters present us, for the first time, with an endohedral tubular motif in which either the B-3 or the B-4 cycle is encapsulated inside a Ge-12 hexagonal prism tube. Both B-3 and B-4 units thus satisfy a geometry requirement to create an endohedral structure within the Ge-12 double ring. Keeping their high symmetry, both B-3 and B-4 units generate delocalized bonds upon interaction with the Ge-12 tubular framework and thereby induce an aromatic character for the resulting B3Ge12+ and B4Ge12, respectively. Their aromaticity was probed by the magnetic responses of electron densities. Such a tubular aromaticity appears to greatly contribute to the high thermodynamic stability of the binary hexagonal germanium tubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24676-24684
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume123
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 10-Oct-2019

    Keywords

  • DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL THEORY, MOLECULAR MAGNETIC-PROPERTIES, GLOBAL-MINIMUM GEOMETRIES, ELECTRON-COUNTING RULES, PHOTOELECTRON-SPECTROSCOPY, BASIS-SETS, GROWTH-PATTERNS, ORBITAL METHODS, ZINTL ION, AB-INITIO

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