Electron-Deficient and Polycenter Bonds in the High-Pressureγ−B28Phase of Boron

Swastik Mondal, Sander van Smaalen, Andreas Schönleber, Yaroslav Filinchuk, Dmitry Chernyshov, Sergey I. Simak, Arkady S. Mikhaylushkin, Igor A. Abrikosov, Evgeniya Zarechnaya, Leonid Dubrovinsky, Natalia Dubrovinskaia
  • Physical Review Letters, May 2011, American Physical Society (APS)
  • DOI: 10.1103/physrevlett.106.215502

Crystal structure and charge density analysis of the high-pressure boron phase γ-B28

What is it about?

The peculiar bonding situation in γ boron is characterized by a topological analysis of the electron-density distribution revealing one-electron–two-center bonds connecting neighboring icosahedral B12 clusters.

Why is it important?

A unique polar-covalent two-electron–three-center bond between a pair of atoms of an icosahedral cluster and one atom of the interstitial B2 dumbbell is discussed.

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