Recent advances in planar tetracoordinate carbon chemistry

Gabriel Merino, Miguel A. Méndez-Rojas, Alberto Vela, Thomas Heine

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We summarize our contributions on the quest of new planar tetracoordinate carbon entities (new carbon molecules with exotic chemical structures and strange bonding schemes). We give special emphasis on the rationalization why in this type of molecules the planar configuration is favored over the tetrahedral one. We will concentrate on the latter and will show that molecules containing planar tetracoordinate carbons have a stabilizing system of delocalized π electrons, which shows similar properties as π systems in aromatic molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-372
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Computational Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Computational Mathematics


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