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Gas-phase Br?nsted superacidity of some derivatives of monocarba-closo-borates: a computational study.
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PMID:  19807147     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The structures and gas-phase acidities (GA) of several CB(11)H(12)H-based carborane acid derivatives (HA) have been calculated with DFT B3LYP method using 6-311+G**, 6-311++G** basis sets. In order to verify the obtained GA values, several systems were also studied at G3(MP2) level of theory. Inserted substituents (CF(3), F, Cl, Br, I, CN, CH(3), etc.) followed the "belts" of the monocarborane cage starting from the boron antipodal to the carbon. In general, the predicted intrinsic gas-phase acidities of the systems varied according to the substituents in the following order of decreasing strength: CF(3) > F > Cl > Br > I > CN > CH(3). Nevertheless, some inconsistencies occurred. F and CN derivatives with lower degree of substitution had weaker intrinsic acidities than the respective Cl derivatives, but the situation was reversed in the case of a larger number of substituents. To obtain better understanding how the substituents influence the basicity of the carborane anion, three hypothetical reaction series were investigated, in which the protonation center was fixed on the boron atom (B(12)), antipodal to the carbon (C(1)), and a single substituent replaced the hydrogens at the vertexes of the three remaining positions (C(1), B(2), and B(7)). The intrinsic gas-phase acidities in these series of neutral carborane-based acids CB(11)X(1)H(11)H are found to clearly depend on the field-inductive and resonance effects of the substituent X. Some influence of the polarizability of X on the reaction center (B(12)) could be detected only in the alpha position (B(7)).
Lauri Lipping; Ivo Leito; Ivar Koppel; Ilmar A Koppel
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of physical chemistry. A     Volume:  113     ISSN:  1520-5215     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Chem A     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-12     Completed Date:  2010-02-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9890903     Medline TA:  J Phys Chem A     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  12972-8     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Tartu, Institute of Chemistry, 2 Jakobi St. 51014 Tartu, Estonia.
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