Six-Coordinate Group 13 Complexes: The Role of d Orbitals and Electron-Rich Multi-Center Bonding

Maarten G. Goesten, Célia Fonseca Guerra, Freek Kapteijn, Jorge Gascon Sabate, F. Matthias Bickelhaupt

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Abstract

Bonding in six-coordinate complexes based on Group 13 elements (B, Al, Ga, In, Tl) is usually considered to be identical to that in transition-metal analogues. We herein demonstrate through sophisticated electronic-structure analyses that the bonding in these Group 13 element complexes is fundamentally different and better characterized as electron-rich hypervalent bonding with essentially no role for the d orbitals. This characteristic is carried through to the molecular properties of the complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12034-12038
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume54
Issue number41
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • bond theory
  • coordination modes
  • hypervalent compounds
  • main group chemistry
  • molecular orbital theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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