Structural and spectral consequences of ion pairing. 5. Theoretical study of Li+BH4 - and Na+BH4 -

Joseph S. Francisco, Ian H. Williams

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Ion pairs of BH4 - anion with the cations Li+ and Na+ have been studied by ab initio quantum-chemical methods. Optimized geometries for monodentate, bidentate, and tridentate structures have been determined at the HF and MP2 levels of theory using the 6-31G* and 6-311G** bases, and the energetics of these modes of coordination have been determined. Vibrational frequencies and infrared intensities have been calculated at the MP2/6-311G** level for the free anion for the various ion-pair structures. Only the tridentate structures correspond to minima on the potential energy surfaces; scaled, calculated vibrational frequencies for several isotopomers are presented to assist in the future spectroscopic assignment of these ion pairs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7567-7570
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1992

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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