Donor-acceptor "dressing" of "naked" group 13-15 cubanes

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The structures and stability of the group 13-15 inorganic cubane clusters, stabilized by donor-acceptor interactions, are theoretically explored at the B3LYP/TZVP level of theory. [DMYA]4 compounds (M, Y = group 13 and 15 elements; D, A = donor and acceptor molecules NH3 and BH 3, respectively) are predicted to be true minima on the potential energy surface. It is shown that donor-acceptor "dressing" significantly stabilizes "naked" [MY]4 cubanes. Possible synthetic approaches and potential uses of these novel [DMYA]4 compounds as single-source precursors to group 13-15 materials are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8145-8153
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2009


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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