Molecular Structure of C(GeBr3)4 Determined by Gas-Phase Electron Diffraction and Density Functional Theory Calculations: Implications for the Length and Stability of Ge-C Bonds in Crystalline Semiconductor Solids

Arne Haaland, Dmitry J. Shorokhov, Tor G. Strand, John Kouvetakis, Michael O'Keeffe

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Abstract

The structure of C(GeBr3)4 has been determined by gas-phase electron diffraction. It has a C-Ge bond length of 2.042(8) Å (about 0.1 Å longer than normal), and the 12 Br atom positions are close to the vertices of a regular icosahedron. Density functional calculations closely reproduce the observed structure. The implications of the observed structure for bond lengths in Ge-C crystals and related electronic materials based on the diamond structure are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5198-5201
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic chemistry
Volume36
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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