After exploration of the potential energy surface for the stoichiometry of Si10Li8 a three-dimensional motif was found as the most stable in comparison with planar and quasi-planar structures. The new minimum can be seen as the resulting of the interaction of three fragments: Si 2⋯Li4⋯Si8Li4 stabilized by strong electrostatic interactions. In order to understand the stability both polarizability and aromaticity were studied. In general, the structural transition from planar or quasi-planar to three-dimensional structures increases the stability while decreases the polarizability of the system, in agreement with the minimum polarizability principle.
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