Natural bond orbital, nuclear magnetic resonance analysis and hybrid-density functional theory study of σ-aromaticity in Al2F6, Al2Cl6, Al2Br6 and Al2I6

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2013-02-11
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NORI-SHARGH, Davood
YAHYAEI, Hooriye
MOUSEVI, Seiedeh Negar
MAASOOMI, Akram
KAYI, Hakan
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Journal of Molecular Modeling
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Natural bond orbital (NBO), nuclear magnetic res onance (NMR) analysis and hybrid-density functional theory based method (B3LYP/Def2-TZVPP) were used to investigate the correlation between the nucleus-independent chemical shifts [NICS, as an aromaticity criterion], σAl(1)-X2(b) → σ*Al(3)-X4(b) electron delocalizations and the dissociation ener gies of Al2F6, Al2Cl6, Al2Br6 and Al2I6 to 2AlX3 (X=F, Cl, Br, I). The results obtained showed that the dissociation energies of Al2F6, Al2Cl6, Al2Br6 and Al2I6 decrease from Al2F6 to Al2I6. Like aromatic molecules, these compounds have relatively significant negative NICSiso(0) values. Clearly, based on mag netic criteria, they exhibit aromatic character and make it possible to consider them as σ-delocalized aromatic species, such as Möbius σ-aromatic species. The σ-aromatic character which is demonstrated by their NICSiso(0) values decreases from Al2F6 to Al2I6. The NICSiso values are dominated by the in-plane σ22 (i.e., σyy, the plane containing halogen atoms bridged) chemical shift components. The increase of the NICSiso values explains significantly the decrease of the corre sponding dissociation energies of Al2F6, Al2Cl6, Al2Br6 and Al2I6. Importantly, the NBO results suggest that in these compounds the dissociation energies are controlled by the stabilization energies associated with σAl(1)-X2(b) →σ*Al(3)- X4(b) electron delocalizations. The decrease of the stabilization energies associated with σAl(1)-X2(b) →σ*Al(3)-X4(b) electron delocalizations is in accordance with the variation of the calculated NICSiso values. The correlations between the dis sociation energies of Al2F6, Al2Cl6, Al2Br6 and Al2I6, σAl(1)- X2(b) →σ*Al(3)-X4(b) electron delocalizations, natural atomic orbitals (NAOs) and NICSiso values have been investigated.
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chemical engineering
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