Fullerene-like boron nitride cages BxNy (x + y = 28): stabilities and electronic properties from density functional theory computation

  • A. Rodríguez Juárez
  • M. Salazar Villanueva
  • D. Cortés-Arriagada
  • E. Chigo AnotaEmail author
Original Paper


Computations based on density functional theory (DFT) were performed to get insights into the structural stability, electronic, and magnetic properties of fullerene-like boron nitride cages (f-like BNCs) for different BxNy chemical stoichiometry (x + y = 28). The results reveal at least metastable nanostructures for anionic charge (Q = −1) and doublet state (M = 2); furthermore, a magnetic moment of 1.0 bohr magneton is associated with them. These systems, in general, have high chemical stability due to their large values of cohesion energy, and the structural stability was corroborated by means of vibrational calculations. According to quantum descriptors, they exhibit high polarity (except to B27N and B28 systems), low average chemical reactivity and average work function, and electronic behavior like semiconductors. Therefore, the properties of these systems are improved compared to the B28 system, and thus the nonstoichiometry fullerenes can be used for more applications than the pristine one.


Fullerene-like boron nitride Stability Magnetism DFT theory 



This work was partially supported by VIEP-BUAP (Grant: CHAE-ING18-G), Cuerpo Académico Ingeniería en Materiales (BUAP-CA-177) and Red Internacional para el estudio de sistemas híbridos grafeno-fullereno (Conricyt-RED170303). We thank the support given by the National Laboratory Supercomputing Southeast housed in the BUAP.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Rodríguez Juárez
    • 1
  • M. Salazar Villanueva
    • 2
  • D. Cortés-Arriagada
    • 3
  • E. Chigo Anota
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Predio Cristo Rey Ex-hacienda de Xalostoc Carretera ApizacoInstituto Tecnológico Superior de TlaxcoTlaxcalaMexico
  2. 2.Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Facultad de IngenieríaPueblaMexico
  3. 3.Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana-Programa Institucional de Fomento a la Investigación, Desarrollo e InnovaciónSan JoaquínChile
  4. 4.Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Facultad de Ingeniería QuímicaCiudad UniversitariaPueblaMexico

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