Realization of an Al≡Al Triple Bond in the Gas-Phase Na3Al2− Cluster via Double Electronic Transmutation
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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NSF, Division of Chemistry 1664379
NSF, Division of Chemistry
The discovery of homodinuclear multiple bonds composed of Group 13 elements represents one of the most challenging frontiers in modern chemistry. A classical triple bond such as N≡N and HC≡CH contains one σ bond and two π bonds constructed from the p orbitals perpendicular to the σ bond. However, the traditional textbook triple bond between two Al atoms has remained elusive. Here we report an Al≡Al triple bond in the designer Na3Al2− cluster predicted in silico, which was subsequently generated by pulsed arc discharge followed by mass spectrometry and photoelectron spectroscopy characterizations. Being effectively Al2− due to the electron donation from Na, the Al atoms in Na3Al2− undergo a double electronic transmutation into Group 15 elements, thus the Al2−≡Al2− kernel mimics the P≡P and N≡N molecules. We anticipate this work will stimulate more endeavors in discovering materials using Al2−≡Al2− as a building block in the gas phase and in the solid state.
Zhang, X., Popov, I. A., Lundell, K. A., Wang, H., Mu, C., Wang, W., … Bowen, K. H. (2018). Realization of an Al≡Al Triple Bond in the Gas-Phase Na 3 Al 2 − Cluster via Double Electronic Transmutation. Angewandte Chemie, 130(43), 14256–14260. https://doi.org/10.1002/ange.201806917