Comments on “Does φ-Aromaticity exist in prismatic {Bi6}-based clusters?”

27 February 2024, Version 2
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We read the manuscript by Dariusz W. Szczepanik and Miquel Solà with interest, and recognized several misinterpretations (based on oversimplifications) of our work and also errors that results from inappropriate/insufficient methods applied in their follow-up studies. This led to erroneous statements, which the authors additionally mixed with statements on aromaticity, which does not fully comply with definitions that have been well-established, e.g., for benzene. In this comment, we outline the misinterpretations, errors, and questionable statements, thereby referring to our work and further literature to underline the facts.


Bismuth Cluster
Ring Currents

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Additional 1c and 2c (ECP, X2C) results


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Comment number 2, Dariusz Szczepanik: Mar 02, 2024, 09:38

..."several misinterpretations", "oversimplifications", "errors", "inappropriate", "insufficient", "erroneous", "mixed", "does not fully comply with definitions", "questionable statements"... oh, really? Just wait for our reply with 0%-impertinent-100%scientific arguments ;-)

Comment number 1, Yannick Franzke: Feb 27, 2024, 11:11

This is a comment to the preprint by Szczepanik and Solà DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv-2023-dkvdg-v2 and