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Biswarup Pathak, Devleena Samanta , Prof. Dr. Rajeev Ahuja and Prof. Dr. Purusottam Jena Borane Derivatives: A New Class of Super- and Hyperhalogens ChemPhysChem 12

Version of Record online: 27 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201100320

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More than halogens: A new class of clusters based on boranes and carboranes, for example, B12H13 (see picture), are shown to have electron affinities far exceeding those of halogen atoms. These super- and hyperhalogens, formed according to the Wade–Mingos rule, open the door to the design of highly electronegative species which can also serve as weakly coordinating anions.

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