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Title: Lanthanides with Unusually Low Oxidation States in the PrB 3 and PrB 4 Boride Clusters
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Inorganic Chemistry
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411 to 418
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National Science Foundation
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  1. The concept of metalla-aromaticity proposed by Thorn–Hoffmann ( Nouv. J. Chim . 1979, 3, 39) has been expanded to organometallic molecules of transition metals that have more than one independent electron-delocalized system. Lanthanides, with highly contracted 4f atomic orbitals, are rarely found in multiply aromatic systems. Here we report the discovery of a doubly aromatic triatomic lanthanide-boron molecule PrB 2 − based on a joint photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum chemical investigation. Global minimum structural searches reveal that PrB 2 − has a C 2v triangular structure with a paramagnetic triplet 3 B 2 electronic ground state, which can be viewed as featuring a trivalent Pr(III,f 2 ) and B 2 4− . Chemical bonding analyses show that this cyclo-PrB 2 − species is the smallest 4f-metalla-aromatic system exhibiting σ and π double aromaticity and multiple Pr–B bonding characters. It also sheds light on the formation of the rare B 2 4− tetraanion by the high-lying 5d orbitals of the 4f-elements, completing the isoelectronic B 2 4− , C 2 2− , N 2 , and O 2 2+ series.