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Title: A photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio study of the structures and chemical bonding of the B{sub 25}{sup −} cluster

Photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations are used to investigate the structures and chemical bonding of the B{sub 25}{sup −} cluster. Global minimum searches reveal a dense potential energy landscape with 13 quasi-planar structures within 10 kcal/mol at the CCSD(T)/6-311+G(d) level of theory. Three quasi-planar isomers (I, II, and III) are lowest in energy and nearly degenerate at the CCSD(T) level of theory, with II and III being 0.8 and 0.9 kcal/mol higher, respectively, whereas at two density functional levels of theory isomer III is the lowest in energy (8.4 kcal/mol more stable than I at PBE0/6-311+G(2df) level). Comparison with experimental photoelectron spectroscopic data shows isomer II to be the major contributor while isomers I and III cannot be ruled out as minor contributors to the observed spectrum. Theoretical analyses reveal similar chemical bonding in I and II, both involving peripheral 2c-2e B−B σ-bonding and delocalized interior σ- and π-bonding. Isomer III has an interesting elongated ribbon-like structure with a π-bonding pattern analogous to those of dibenzopentalene. The high density of low-lying isomers indicates the complexity of the medium-sized boron clusters; the method dependency of predicting relative energies of the low-lying structures for B{sub 25}{sup −} suggests the importance ofmore » comparison with experiment in determining the global minima of boron clusters at this size range. The appearance of many low-lying quasi-planar structures containing a hexagonal hole in B{sub 25}{sup −} suggests the importance of this structural feature in maintaining planarity of larger boron clusters.« less
Authors:
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  1. Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States)
  2. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322 (United States)
  3. Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22419890
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 141; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; BONDING; BORON; CHEMICAL BONDS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; ISOMERS; PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY; POTENTIAL ENERGY; SPECTRA