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Molecules 2019, 24(6), 1011; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24061011

The Studies on Structure and Stability of CaBn Clusters

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xuchang University of China, No. 88 of Bayi Road, Xuchang 461000, China
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Received: 22 January 2019 / Revised: 5 March 2019 / Accepted: 5 March 2019 / Published: 13 March 2019
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Abstract

Calcium-boron systems have excellent properties of hardness, strength, and chemical stability, and we studied a series of CaBn clusters to investigate their structures and relative stability. The results showed the most stable structures of CaBn clusters are not planar. The B atoms tend to get together and form the planar ring to stabilize the structure, and the Ca atoms are coordinated to the periphery of the formations. The average binding energy (Eb), fragmentation energy (EF), second-order energy difference (Δ2E), adiabatic detachment energy (ADE), and adiabatic electron affinity (AEA) of the CaBn clusters were calculated to investigate the relative stability and the ability of removing or obtaining an electron. As shown by the results, EF and Δ2E values had obvious odd-even alteration as n increased, which indicated that the formations CaB4, CaB6, and CaB8 were more stable. The ADE values for CaBn clusters with even values of n were higher than those with odd values of n, which indicated CaBn clusters with even values of n had difficultly removing an electron. The AEA values of CaB3 and CaB7 were larger than the others, which meant CaB3 and CaB7 easily obtained an electron. These results provide a useful reference for understanding the formation mechanism and stability of the alkaline earth metal boride as well as guidance for synthesizing the CaBn clusters. View Full-Text
Keywords: Density Functional Theory (DFT); CaBn (n = 1–8) clusters; Geometric structure; Stability Density Functional Theory (DFT); CaBn (n = 1–8) clusters; Geometric structure; Stability
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Han, P.; Chai, F.; Qiao, B.; Liu, C. The Studies on Structure and Stability of CaBn Clusters. Molecules 2019, 24, 1011.

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