An experimental and theoretical investigation of the electronic structure of Pd and Pt bis(carbene) complexes

J C Green, R G Scurr, P L Arnold, F G N Cloke, Polly Arnold

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Abstract

Photoelectron spectra and density functional calculations are reported for M(CN2R2C2H2)(2) (M = Pd, Pt); bonding occurs predominantly through sigma donation from the carbene lone pairs into a metal (d(z)2 + s) hybrid; the corresponding (d(z)2 - s) is destabilised with respect to the other metal orbitals; there is little evidence for pi bonding and the carbene pi orbitals are essentially unperturbed on complexation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1963-1964
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 1997

Keywords

  • CARBENE
  • LIGANDS

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