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A Study of the Molecular and Electronic Structure of Iron (II) and Ruthenium (II) 1,3-Di and 1,2,4-Triphospholyl sandwich compounds by Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory

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posted on 2023-06-07, 22:05 authored by Rainer Bartsch, Geoff Cloke, Jennifer C Green, Robson M Matos, John F Nixon, Roger J Suffolk, James L Suter, D James Wilson
The synthesis and variable temperature 1H NMR spectrum of the new tetraphosphaferrocene [Fe(?5-P2C3Bu3t)2] are presented and the photoelectron spectra are reported for [Fe(?5-P3C2Bu2t)2] 1a, [Fe(?5-P2C3Bu3t)2] 2a, [Fe(?5-P2C3Bu3t)(?5-P3C2Bu2t)] 3a and [Ru(?5-P3C2Bu3t)2] 4a. Density functional calculations were used to optimise the geometry and calculate the ionization energies of the parent analogues. Good agreement was obtained with the experimental results, giving support to the theoretical modelling of these sandwich compounds. Analysis of their electronic structure showed that replacement of RC fragments by P atoms in the ?5-ligated cyclopentadienyl rings increases their acceptor properties. Extensive sp mixing makes the description of the orbitals complex. Some higher lying Ps levels are found to have similar ionization energies to the d electrons.


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Additional co-authors: Matos, R.M and Suffolk, R.J.

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