3.01 | The MO Diagram of Diborane Part 1

Monday May 30th 2022 | Electron Deficient bonds occur frequently in chemistry, ranging from boranes in “organic chemistry” to metal dihydrogen complexes in organometallic chemistry. In this lecture we will look at the electron deficient three center two electron bonds in diborane (B2H6). Using the principles of the formation of symmetry adapted linear combinations (SALCs), we will build the MO step-by-step and analyze the resulting molecular orbitals. We will see how the framework of B-H bonds is build-up and which orbitals are responsible for generating the electron deficient bond.

The recording of the lecture can be found below: