Posts Tagged ‘rare gas helium’

Hypervalency: a reality check

Monday, October 5th, 2009

We have seen in the series of posts on the topic of hypervalency how the first row main group elements such as Be, B, C and N can sustain apparent hypercoordination and arguably hypervalency. The latter is defined not so much by expanding the total valence shell of electrons surrounding the hypervalent atom beyond eight, but in having more than four well defined bonds to it, as quantified by  AIM and ELF analysis. The previous post made the suggestion of how a compound involving hypervalent boron could also sustain a genuine  bond to the rare gas helium. It is surely time to seek evidence that this type of bonding can be sustained in reality. Fortunately, a crystal structure of a reasonably analogous compound IS available (DOI: 10.1016/0022-328X(94)05089-T).