Implications of Symmetry Rules for the Aromaticity of Inorganic Clusters

Isoelectronic clusters with the same basic cage structures may exhibit surprisingly different magnetic properties. For instance, nucleus-independent chem. shift (NICS) values, computed at cluster centers, may range considerably in magnitude and even change from diatropic to paratropic. The same is true for dissected canonical MO contributions to the total NICS values, computed by the GIAO method. Thus, HOMO-NICS values are paratropic only if the HOMO->LUMO rotational transition is allowed by symmetry selection rules derived from group theory. High symmetry inorg. cages are likely to exhibit spherical aromaticity if the HOMO->LUMO rotational transition is forbidden by these symmetry rules. Otherwise, inorg. clusters will exhibit paratropicity if this is not weakened by the insufficient overlap between the HOMO and the rotated LUMO and by a very appreciable energy difference between them. Larger cages, such a Au20 (Td), with many electrons and bonding MOs, are expected to be diatropic. [on SciFinder (R)]

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Abstracts, 37th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Brunswick, NJ, United States, May 22-25, 2005, GENE-609
Center for Computational Chemistry, Department of Chemistry,University of Georgia,Athens,GA,USA.
Conference; Meeting Abstract
written in English.

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