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Electronic structure of dimetal bonded systems: ditungsten, dimolybdenum and diruthenium systems
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This dissertation investigates three topics in the field of multiple-bonded metal chemistry. The first topic concerns the synthetic and theoretical considerations of ditungsten formamidinates and guanidinates compounds. This work presents an enhanced synthetic path to the W2(hpp)4 molecule (Hhpp = 1,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-2H-pyrimido[1,2-a]pyrimidine). The reflux of W(CO)6 with Hhpp in o-dichlorobenzene at 200 oC produces W2(hpp)4Cl2 in a one-pot reaction in 92% yield. This compound is stable and easily stored for further use, and it can be efficiently reduced in a one-step reaction to the most easily ionized compound W2(hpp)4. This work also examines the electronic structure and geometry of the intermediates W2(ÃÂµ-CO)2(ÃÂµ- hpp)2(ÃÂ·2-hpp)2 and W2(hpp)4Cl2. The second topic concerns the theoretical investigation by DFT of the electronic structure of [Mo2] units bridged by oxamidate ligands or bridging hydride ions ([Mo2] = (Mo2(DArF)3, where DArF is the anion of a diarylformamidine). It is shown that the effect of the gauche conformation of the ÃÂ± oxamidate isomers is due to steric interactions, and that the planar ÃÂ² oxamidate isomers have an electronic structure similar to that of naphthalene when it is doubly oxidized. The [Mo2](ÃÂµ-H)2[Mo2] compound shows interdimetal unit interactions between the ÃÂ´ orbitals of the two [Mo2] units. These interactions are theoretically predicted and experimentally observed by a decrease in the [Mo2]---[Mo2] distance with a one-electron oxidation of [Mo2](ÃÂµ- H)2[Mo2]. The final topic concerns the magnetic and structural properties of two Ru2(DArF)4Cl compounds. The compounds with Ar = p-anisyl (para) and m-anisyl (meta) both show different temperature dependence of their molar magnetic susceptibility, ÃÂ. For the para compound, there is a Boltzmann distribution between a ÃÂ*3 ground state and a ÃÂ´*2ÃÂ* upper state, and this is confirmed by a temperature dependence of the Ru-Ru bond length: 2.4471(5) ÃÂ at 23 K and 2.3968(5) ÃÂ at 300 K. For the meta compound, a ÃÂ´*2ÃÂ*configuration persists over the range of 23-300 K as shown by an invariant Ru-Ru bond length and its molar magnetic susceptibility.
Villagran Martinez, Dino (2005). Electronic structure of dimetal bonded systems: ditungsten, dimolybdenum and diruthenium systems. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from