Ab Initio Characterization of [H3N·BH3]2, [H3N·AIH3]2, and [H3N·GaH3]2

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The dimers of [H3N·BH3]2, [H3N·AlH3]2, and [H3N·GaH3]2 are characterized as head-to-tail complexes with intermolecular H - H hydrogen bonding. In the case of [H3N·BH3]2, that hydrogen bonding is bifurcated resulting in four short (N)H - H(B) distances. For both [H3N·AlH3 and [H3N·GaH3]2, there are only two short (N)H - H(Al/Ga) distances, although the four-atom linkage remains far from linear. The binding energies that are calculated at the MP2 level of theory using polarized-double-ζ basis sets are -15.1, -11.8, and -10.7 kcal/mol for [H3N· BH3]22, [H3N·AlH3]2, and [H3N·GaH3]2, respectively. These energies appear converged to within 1 kcal/mol with respect to larger basis sets and more complete accounting for electron correlation effects. Binding energies from density functional calculations are within 0.3 kcal/mol of the MP2 results. All-electron and effective-core-potential basis sets for gallium provide similar predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5358-5362
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1997


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