(H 3N-BH 3) 4: The ammonia borane tetramer
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For this special edition of PCCP dealing with prediction of new molecules using quantum mechanical methods, we propose a structure for (H 3N-BH 3) 4, the isolated ammonia borane tetramer in gas phase, for which there are no experimental reports. The structure, belonging to the S 4 point group, was found at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory; the total energy was computed at the CCSD(T) level including BSSE correction, affording a binding energy of 40.1 kcal mol -1. The tetramer is stabilized by a network of dihydrogen bonds. We study the stabilizing interactions via QTAIM, obtaining eight N-H d+? d-H-B bonding interactions characterized as hydrogen bonds by application of the Koch-Popelier rules; in addition, two highly controversial B-H d-? d-H-B interactions are also predicted by a topological analysis of the electron density. This journal is © 2012 the Owner Societies.
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