Hongying Zhuo, Hong Yu, Qingzhong Li, Wenzuo Li and Jianbo Cheng Some measures for mediating the strengths of halogen bonds with the B–B bond in diborane(4) as an unconventional halogen acceptor International Journal of Quantum Chemistry 114
A topic of growing interest in the research on halogen bonds is the optimization of Lewis bases to tune the interaction, and as such their applications. The B–B bond is suggested as a good electron donor in halogen bonding. Using diborane and its derivatives as a model system, substitution and cooperative effects can tune the strength of the bond, with prominent effects occurring especially when Li substitutions and cooperativity are combined.
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