I read that B3+ ions do not exist in aqueous solution, because hydration energy cannot compensate for the sum of first three ionisation energies.
This leads me to the following questions:
If boron (III) ion really doesn't exist, how was the hydration energy data calculated? and ionisation potentials?
Boron being small in size and carrying a high charge of +3 (if it exists) should be greatly hydrated. This high hydration energy should be able to compensate for the ionisation energies, but it is not so.
Could someone please explain? Thanks!