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Issue 17, 2016
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Aromatic cages B 0/+42: unprecedented existence of octagonal holes in boron clusters

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The cage-like structures containing octagonal holes are located as the lowest-lying isomers for the B0/+42. The presence of octagonal holes, which have been found for the first time, not only gives us new insight into the bonding motif, but also marks a breakthrough in the structural characteristics of boron clusters since they were never expected to be stable units for elemental clusters. These cages are composed of both delocalized σ and π electron systems that consequently make them aromatic and thermodynamically stable.

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Submitted
28 Nov 2015
Accepted
25 Feb 2016
First published
29 Feb 2016

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 11620-11623
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Aromatic cages B0/+42: unprecedented existence of octagonal holes in boron clusters

T. B. Tai, S. U. Lee and M. T. Nguyen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 11620
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP07342A

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