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what is the difference between the structure of AlCl3 and diborane?

what is the difference between the structure of AlCl3  and diborane?

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The hydrogen bridged dimer $B_2H_6$ contains two three centre, two electron bonds, A three-centre bond uses two electron to link three atoms, In contrast the bonding in the halogen bridged $AlCl_3$ can be described in terms of electron pair bond in which a chlorine atom bonded to one aluminium atom act as a Lewis base by donating a lone pair of electrons to the aluminium atom which acts as a Lewis acid.
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