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Colossal Stability of Gas-Phase Trianions: Super-Pnictogens

Colossal Stability of Gas-Phase Trianions: Super-Pnictogens
Jian Zhou, Qian Wang, Puru Jena, Tianshan Zhao
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a super-pnictogen! Strong electrostatic repulsion renders multiply charged anions unstable in the gas phase. In their Communication (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201706764), Q. Wang and P. Jena et al. report the synthesis of BeB11(X)123− (X=CN, SCN, BO) trianions, which are stable against spontaneous electron emission in the gas phase by up to 2.65 eV. The chemistry of the anions mimics that of group 15 elements, and extends to reactivity with the noble gas xenon.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201708386

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