Journal of Molecular Modeling

, 24:306 | Cite as

Zintl superalkalis as building blocks of supersalts

  • G. Naaresh Reddy
  • A. Vijay Kumar
  • Rakesh Parida
  • Arindam Chakraborty
  • Santanab Giri
Original Paper
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  1. International Conference on Systems and Processes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (ICSPPCB-2018) in honor of Professor Pratim K. Chattaraj on his sixtieth birthday


Alkali metal cations and halogen anions are common components of ionic salts. Recently, a new class of salts termed supersalts was reported, each of which contains a superalkali and a superhalogen that mimic an alkali metal cation and a halogen anion, respectively. Using three different functionals, namely B3LYP, wB97X, and M06-2X, we theoretically investigated a new subset of supersalts composed of Zintl-based superalkalis and inorganic superhalogens via computational modeling. The calculated dipole moment and first-order hyperpolarizability values for these supersalts indicate that they present nonlinear optical (NLO) behavior. The supersalts of Zintl superalkalis (Ca2P7, Sr2P7, Ba2P7) and superhalogens (BF4, BeF3, NO3) studied here were found to be stable.

Graphical Abstract

Using the first-principles calculation, a new class of supersalts by using Zintl-based superalkalis and inorganic superhalogens has been designed.


Zintl ion Ionization energy Superalkali Electron affinity Superhalogens DFT Supersalts 



This work is supported by a Department of Science and Technology INSPIRE award (no. IFA14-CH-151) from the Government of India. Utilization of the resources and computational facilities of the National Institute of Technology Rourkela are also acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryNational Institute of Technology RourkelaOdishaIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUtkal UniversityOdishaIndia
  3. 3.Faculty of ScienceJatragachi Pranabananda High SchoolKolkataIndia

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