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Electronic structure and stability of BP clusters: theoretical calculations for (BP)n (n = 2–4)

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  • Yuhui Qu,

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    1. Department of Chemistry, Shandong Institute of Light Industry, Shandong, Jinan 250100, People's Republic of China
    • Department of Chemistry, Shandong Institute of Light Industry, Shandong, Jinan 250100, People's Republic of China
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  • Wanyong Ma,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shandong Institute of Light Industry, Shandong, Jinan 250100, People's Republic of China
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  • Xiufang Bian,

    1. Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, Shandong, Jinan 250061, People's Republic of China
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  • Hongwei Tang,

    1. Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, Shandong, Jinan 250061, People's Republic of China
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  • Weixing Tian

    1. Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, Shandong, Jinan 250061, People's Republic of China
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Abstract

The geometry, electronic configurations, harmonic vibrational frequencies, and stability of the structural isomers of boron phosphide clusters have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT). CCSD(T) calculations show that the lowest-energy structures are cyclic (IIt, IVs) with Dnh symmetry for dimers and trimers. The caged structure for B4P4 lie higher in energy than the monocyclic structure with D2d symmetry (VIs). The B–P bond dominates the structures for many isomers, so that one preferred dissociation channel is loss of the BP monomer. The hybridization and chemical bonding in the different structures are also discussed. Comparisons with boron nitride clusters, the ground state structures of BnPn (n = 2, 3) clusters are analogous to those of their corresponding BnNn (n = 2, 3) counterparts. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Quantum Chem, 2006

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