Bond catastrophes in rhodium complexes: experimental charge-density studies of [Rh(C7H8)((PBu3)-Bu-t)Cl] and [Rh(C7H8)(PCy3)Cl]

Hazel A. Sparkes*, Adrian B. Chaplin, Andrew S. Weller, Judith A. K. Howard

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Abstract

Rhodium complexes have potential uses in both catalysis and promoting the cleavage of C-C bonds. In order to further our understanding of these species and their potential applications, it is vital to obtain insight into the bonding within the species, particularly the Rh-C interactions, and to this end experimental charge-density studies have been undertaken on the title complexes. High-resolution single-crystal datasets to sin theta/lambda = 1.06 angstrom(-1) were obtained at 100 K and analysed using Bader's 'Atoms in Molecules' (AIM) approach. The results of the studies have provided unique insights into the bonding involving rhodium and highlight the importance of undertaking such investigations for transition metal compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-514
Number of pages12
JournalActa Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science
Volume66
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRON-DENSITY
  • CHEMICAL-BONDS
  • WAVE-FUNCTIONS
  • METAL-METAL
  • DIMER
  • ATOMS
  • OXIDE

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