The Structures and Bonding of Hyperlithiated Molecules

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This article describes the nature of bonding in hyperlithiated molecules with stoichiometries exceeding normal valence expectations. The existence of such hyperlithiated or hypervalent molecules as CLi<sub>6</sub>, Li<sub>3</sub>O, Li<sub>4</sub>O, Li<sub>5</sub>O, Li<sub>3</sub>S, Li<sub>4</sub>S, Li<sub>4</sub>P, Li<sub>2</sub>CN, Na<sub>2</sub>CN, and K<sub>2</sub>CN has already been experimentally confirmed by means of Knudsen-effusion mass spectrometry in our laboratory. These molecules have nine or more valence electrons, violating, at least formally, the octet rule. However, these molecules are thermodynamically more stable than the corresponding octet molecules. Results of ab initio MO calculations reveal that the extra valence electrons beyond the usual octet are in singly occupied orbitals (SOMO) or highest occupied orbitals (HOMO) in the Li<sub><i>n</i></sub>A (A = C, O, P, S) molecules. The SOMO as well as HOMO forms the Li–Li bonds between all pairs of lithium atoms and contribute to stabilization of these molecules. The bonding situation of the M<sub>2</sub>CN (M = Li, Na, K) species is apparently different from that of Li<sub><i>n</i></sub>A. The favored structure has <i>C</i><sub><i>s</i></sub> symmetry and is best described as a complex of the CN<sup>−</sup> anion with the M<sub>2</sub><sup>+</sup> cation. The extra valence electron is in SOMO, which corresponds to the radical cation SOMO and contributions to M–M bonding. The presence of the M<sub>2</sub><sup>+</sup> unit is a typical example of justifying the term hypervalent.

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  • Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan

    Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan 69(6), 1459-1469, 1996-06-15

    The Chemical Society of Japan

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    10008903664
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA00580132
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    ART
  • ISSN
    00092673
  • NDL Article ID
    4060481
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZP1(科学技術--化学・化学工業)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z53-B35
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    CJP  NDL  J-STAGE 
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