Questions tagged [boron-family]

For questions about the elements of the boron family (group 13), their compounds, and their physical and chemical properties.

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Why does B2H6 have a banana bond rather than existing as [BH2+][BH4-]?

Why does $\ce{B2H6}$ have a banana bond rather than existing as $\ce{[BH2+][BH4-]}$? Why do molecular energetics favour the banana (3-center-2-electron) bond over an ionic structure?
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Acidic nature of boric acid when its concentration high

Following statement was given for boric acid $(\ce{H3BO3}):$ At low concentrations $(\leq\pu{0.02 M})$ essentially $\ce{B(OH)3}$ and $\ce{B(OH)4-}$ are present, but at higher concentration the ...
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Structure of crystalline boron trioxide

I recently came across the statement The structure of crystalline $\ce{B2O3}$ consists of $\ce{BO4}$ tetrahedra, two sets of which form two types of interconnected spiral chains, three $\ce{B-O}$ ...
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Relative Energies of Resonance Contributors & Stability of Borazine

We know that Borazine (Inorganic Benzene) is aromatic in nature. The following image shows the resonance contributors of borazine: What are the relative energies of these three resonance contributors?...
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Why are bridge bonds weaker than terminal bonds and, H-B-H terminal bond angles larger than H-B-H bridging bond angles in diborane? [duplicate]

In Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D.Lee (Adapted by Sudarsan Guha, Fourth Edition), on page 83, under the topic "Bridge Bonding" it is given for diborane $(\ce{B2H6}):$ The $d_\ce{B-H}(\text{...
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Why are B-O-H and B-O-C angles in B(OH)3 and B(OCH3)3, respectively are higher than normal?

In Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee (4th edition; adapted by Sudarshan Guha), page 77 under the topic "Back Bonding" it is given: The $\mathrm{2p}\pi$-$\mathrm{2p}\pi$ back bonding in $\ce{B(...
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Creation of BF3 from B2O3 [duplicate]

Why can't you prepare Boron Trifluoride by reacting B2O3 with Carbon and Fluorine? B2O3 + 3C + X2 ---> 2BX3 + 3CO Why won't this work with Fluorine? (This is not a duplicate, as the question being ...
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Which is more metallic: boron or silicon?

I read somewhere that boron is more metallic. Is it correct? If so, can you please elaborate? The reason why I'm confused is because 2 factors come into play here: When you move towards right, ...
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Can ethylene glycol enhance the acidity of orthoboric acid?

My textbook says: Boric acid is a weak monobasic acid but on addition of certain organic polyhydroxy compounds, such as mannitol, glycerol, dextrose or invert sugar, it is transformed into a ...
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Oxidation states of boron

I have just been looking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oxidation_states_of_the_elements and found that boron has a -5 oxidation state. I would like to know which boron compounds form ...
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Why is the electronegativity of indium greater than that of thallium?

Why is the electronegativity of indium greater than that of thallium? One possibility which I had assumed was the poor shielding effect by the d and f orbitals which leads to an increase in the ...
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Structure of trichloroborazine

I came across a question that asked the correct structure of trichloroborazine. The two options provided were : a) the chlorine atoms attached to the three N atoms, and b) the chlorine atoms ...
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Why isn't orthoboric acid soluble in cold water even though it has polar B-OH bonds?

This is the information I found regarding orthoboric acid's solubility: Textbook (NCERT India): Sparingly soluble in water (didn't say what temperature - presumably cold) and highly soluble in hot ...
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Why does screening effect decrease due to d-orbital?

In 13th group, atomic radius increases from boron to aluminium. From aluminium to gallium, atomic radii decreases. From gallium to indium, atomic radii increases. And from indium to thallium, atomic ...