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Title: Covalently Bound Tetracoordinated Organoborons are Superhalogens: A Combined Negative Ion Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Theoretical Study

Molecular species with electron affinities (EAs) larger than that of the chlorine atom (3.6131 eV) are superhalogens. The corresponding negative ions, namely, superhalogen anions, are intrinsically very stable with high electron binding energies (EBEs), and widely exist as building blocks of bulk materials and ionic liquids. The most common superhalogen anions proposed and confirmed to date are either ionic salts or compact inorganic species. Herein we report a new class of superhalogen species, a series of tetracoordinated organoboron anions [BL4]– (L = phenyl (1), 4-fluorophenyl (2), 1-imidazolyl (3), L4 = H(pyrazolyl)3 (4)) with bulky organic ligands covalently bound to the central B atom. Negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy (NIPES) reveals all of these anions possessing EBEs higher than that of Cl- with the adiabatic / vertical detachment energy (ADE / VDE) of 4.44/4.8 (1), 4.78/5.2 (2), 5.08/5.4 (3), and 4.59/4.9 eV (4), respectively. First-principles calculations confirmed high EBEs of [BL4]– and predicted that these anions are thermodynamically stable against fragmentation. The unraveled superhalogen nature of these species provides a molecular basis to explain the wide-range applications of tetraphenylborate (TPB) (1) and trispyrazolylborate (Tp) (4) in many areas spanning from industrial waste treatment to soft material synthesis and organometallic chemistry
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48036; KC0301020
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 118(37):8074-8080
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory