Searching for double σ- And π-aromaticity in borazine derivatives

Ricardo Pino-Rios, Alejandro Vásquez-Espinal, Osvaldo Yañez, William Tiznado

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Inspired by the double-aromatic (σ and π) C6H3+, C6I62+, and C6(SePh)62+ ring-shaped compounds, herein we theoretically study their borazine derivative analogues. The systems studied are the cation and dications with formulas B3N3H3+, B3N3Br62+, B3N3I62+, B3N3(SeH)62+, and B3N3(TeH)62+. Our DFT calculations indicate that the ring-shaped planar structures of B3N3H3+, B3N3I62+, and B3N3(TeH)62+ are more stable in the singlet state, while those of B3N3Br62+ and B3N3(SeH)62+ prefer the triplet state. Besides, exploration of the potential energy surface shows that the ring-shaped structure is the putative global minimum only for B3N3I62+. According to chemical bonding analysis, B3N3H3+, B3N3I62+, and B3N3(TeH)62+ have σ and π delocalized bonds. The number of delocalized σ/π electrons is 2/6 for the first, and 10/6 for the second and third, similar to what their carbon analogs exhibit. Finally, the analysis of the magnetically induced current density allows B3N3H3+, B3N3I62+, and B3N3(TeH)62+ to be classified as strongly σ aromatic, and poorly π aromatic compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29705-29711
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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