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Title: Mixed-Valent Dicobalt and Iron-Cobalt Complexes with High-Spin Configurations and Short Metal-Metal Bonds

Cobalt–cobalt and iron–cobalt bonds are investigated in coordination complexes with formally mixed-valent [M 2] 3+ cores. The trigonal dicobalt tris(diphenylformamidinate) compound, Co 2(DPhF) 3, which was previously reported by Cotton, Murillo, and co-workers (Inorg. Chim. Acta 1996, 249, 9), is shown to have an energetically isolated, high-spin sextet ground-state by magnetic susceptibility and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. A new tris(amidinato)amine ligand platform is introduced. By tethering three amidinate donors to an apical amine, this platform offers two distinct metal-binding sites. Using the phenyl-substituted variant (abbreviated as L Ph), the isolation of a dicobalt homobimetallic and an iron–cobalt heterobimetallic are demonstrated. The new [Co 2] 3+ and [FeCo] 3+ cores have high-spin sextet and septet ground states, respectively. Their solid-state structures reveal short metal–metal bond distances of 2.29 Å for Co–Co and 2.18 Å for Fe–Co; the latter is the shortest distance for an iron–cobalt bond to date. To assign the positions of iron and cobalt atoms as well as to determine if Fe/Co mixing is occurring, X-ray anomalous scattering experiments were performed, spanning the Fe and Co absorption energies. These studies show only a minor amount of metal-site mixing in this complex, and that FeCoL Ph is more preciselymore » described as (Fe 0.94(1)Co 0.06(1))(Co 0.95(1)Fe 0.05(1))L Ph. The iron–cobalt heterobimetallic has been further characterized by Mössbauer spectroscopy. Its isomer shift of 0.65 mm/s and quadrupole splitting of 0.64 mm/s are comparable to the related diiron complex, Fe 2(DPhF) 3. On the basis of spectroscopic data and theoretical calculations, it is proposed that the formal [M 2] 3+ cores are fully delocalized.« less
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Journal Name: Inorganic Chemistry; Journal Volume: 52; Journal Issue: (16) ; 08, 2013
American Chemical Society (ACS)
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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Advanced Photon Source (APS)
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United States