Starlike Aluminum–Carbon Aromatic Species (pages 714–719)
Dr. Yan-Bo Wu, Jin-Liang Jiang, Hai-Gang Lu, Prof. Zhi-Xiang Wang, Nancy Perez-Peralta, Rafael Islas, Maryel Contreras, Prof. Gabriel Merino, Judy I-Chia Wu and Prof. Paul von Ragué Schleyer
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/chem.201001266
Star chemistry! A molecular star (C5Al5−) has been identified computationally (see figure). The energetics at high level and extensive explorations at the DFT level on its potential energy surface indicate that the starlike structure could be a global minimum, which makes it promising for experimental realization.