State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces and Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, Fujian, China. [Email]
Pentafulvenes are dipolar hydrocarbons since they shift their π-electrons to achieve Hückel aromaticity and thus the electron donating groups at the exocyclic position can enhance their aromaticity. Silapentafulvenes are analogues of pentafulvene formed by the replacement of the carbon atoms at the exocyclic C[double bond, length as m-dash]C double bond with a silicon atom in pentafulvene. It remains unclear how the aromaticity of 5-silapentafulvenes and 6-silapentafulvenes can be changed due to the polarization of the C[double bond, length as m-dash]Si double bond. Here we perform density functional theory calculations and reveal the increased aromatic character in 6-silapentafulvenes and the reduced aromaticity of 5-silapentafulvenes in the ground state. In addition, the origin of the relative thermodynamic stability of the silapentafulvene isomers can be attributed to the bond dissociation energy (BDE) of the exocyclic bond. More interestingly, some triplet ground state 5-silapentafulvene species are predicted by introducing amino groups on the ring, which is supported by the coupled cluster calculations. Our findings could be useful for experimentalists to realize silaaromatics.