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A Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Benzene


  • Correspondence concerning X-ray crystallography should be directed to Lev Zakharov ( Correspondence concerning computational calculations should be directed to David Dixon. Funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (S.Y.L., DE-FG36-08GO18143; D.A.D., DE-FC36-05GO15059), and the National Science Foundation (A.J.V.M., DGE-0549503). We thank Ms. Raluca Craciun for preparing the ESP maps.


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It isn't easy BN aromatic! 1,2-Dihydro-1,2-azaborine, a hybrid organic/inorganic benzene, is a stable aromatic molecule with features that are distinct from its isoelectronic “organic” (benzene) and “inorganic” (borazine) counterparts. Experimental structural, spectroscopic, and chemical data are fully supported by high-level calculations.

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