The title compound, the first alkali metal tetrahydroborate complex to be structurally characterised, has been shown by an X-ray study to be dimeric in the crystal, with each µ2,η3-BH4 group bonding to two metal atoms through one µ2-hydrogen atom apiece and also through one µ3-hydrogen atom; MO calculations at the 6-31G level on unsolvated LiBH4 and the model adducts (H2O)n·LiBH4(n= 1 or 2) and their dimers, with η2- and η3-BH4 geometries, show how their stabilities reflect the number of Li H contacts, whilst illustrating the inadequacies of LiHB and Li2HB 3- and 4-centre bond schemes for such compounds.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Apr 1987|
- lithium tetrahydroborate–tetramethylethylenediamine
- hydrogen atoms