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  • InChI=1S/B2H2/c1-2/h1-2H
  • B=B
Molar mass 23.64 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Diborane(2) or diborene is a theoretical/hypothetical inorganic compound with the formula B2H2. Diborenes also refers to a series of molecules with a formula R:(BH)=(BH):R, where R is an organic group. [1] B2H2 are unstable under ambient conditions. They are synthesized by pulsed laser ablation of boron in a mixed hydrogen-argon gas atmosphere. Upon cooling the mixture, the argon gas changes into a solid, thereby stabilizing the trapped diboranes. [2] [3]

B2H2 is a linear molecule with a triplet ground state, as revealed by electron paramagnetic resonance, [2] and shows an antisymmetric stretching mode at 2679.9 cm–1. [3]

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