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Title: Structural stability and the low‐lying singlet and triplet states of BN ‐ n ‐acenes, n  = 1–7
Abstract

The chemical stability and the low‐lying singlet and triplet excited states of BN‐n‐acenes (n = 1–7) were studied using single reference and multireference methodologies. From the calculations, descriptors such as the singlet‐triplet splitting, the natural orbital (NO) occupations and aromaticity indexes are used to provide structural and energetic analysis. The boron and nitrogen atoms form an isoelectronic pair of two carbon atoms, which was used for the complete substitution of these units in the acene series. The structural analysis confirms the effects originated from the insertion of a uniform pattern of electronegativity difference within the molecular systems. The covalent bonds tend to be strongly polarized which does not happen in the case of a carbon‐only framework. This effect leads to a charge transfer between neighbor atoms resulting in a more strengthened structure, keeping the aromaticity roughly constant along the chain. The singlet‐triplet splitting also agrees with this stability trend, maintaining a consistent gap value for all molecules. The BN‐n‐acenes molecules possess a ground state with monoconfigurational character indicating their electronic stability. The low‐lying singlet excited states have charge transfer character, which proceeds from nitrogen to boron.

 
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Award ID(s):
2107923
NSF-PAR ID:
10443060
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Publisher / Repository:
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
Date Published:
Journal Name:
Journal of Computational Chemistry
Volume:
44
Issue:
6
ISSN:
0192-8651
Page Range / eLocation ID:
p. 755-765
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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