Investigations of the electronic structure of arene-bridged diuranium complexes

Bess Vlaisavljevich, Paula L. Diaconescu, Wayne L. Lukens, Laura Gagliardi, Christopher C. Cummins

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The electronic structure of the arene-bridged complex (μ-toluene)U 2(N[tBu]Ar)4 (1a2-μ-toluene, Ar = 3,5-C6H3Me2) has been studied in relation to a variety of mononuclear uranium amide complexes, and their properties have been discussed comparatively. The syntheses, molecular structures (X-ray crystal structures and solution behavior based on variable-temperature NMR spectroscopic data), and corresponding spectroscopic (X-ray absorption near-edge structure and UV-vis-near-IR absorption) and magnetic properties are presented and interpreted with reference to results of density functional theory (DFT) and complete active space self-consistent field with corrections from second-order perturbation theory (CASSCF/CASPT2) calculations performed on model compounds. While the mononuclear compounds display expected electronic and magnetic properties for uranium complexes, 1a2-μ-toluene shows complicated properties in contrast. XANES spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and both density functional and CASSCF/CASPT2 results are consistent with the following electronic structure interpretation: f orbitals host the unpaired electrons, followed energetically by two δ bonds formed by filled uranium f orbitals and LUMOs of toluene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1341-1352
Number of pages12
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 11 2013


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