Structure and bonding in monomeric iron(III) complexes with terminal oxo and hydroxo ligands

Josè Gracia Budrìa, Simone Raugei, Luigi Cavallo

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We report on the structure and bonding in the title iron(III) complexes, containing the tris[(N′-tert-butylureayl)-N-ethyl]amine ligand, with density functional theory techniques. In agreement with the experimental data, a high-spin electronic state is favored for all of the systems we considered. H bonds between the terminal oxo and hydroxo ligands and NH groups present in the organic ligand coordinated to the metal have a remarkable effect on the overall coordination geometry. In fact, the structure of model complexes without H bonds shows shorter Fe-O bond lengths. This is a consequence of the ability of the H bonds to stabilize a remarkable amount of electron density localized on the terminal oxo and hydroxo ligands. Energy analysis indicates that each H bond stabilizes the nonheme complexes by roughly 35 kJ/mol. Molecular orbital analysis indicates a reduction of two Fe-O bonding electrons on going from a complex with a terminal oxo ligand to a complex with a terminal hydroxo ligand. This reduction in the number of bonding electrons is also supported by frequency analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1732-1738
Number of pages7
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 20 2006

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Structure and bonding in monomeric iron(III) complexes with terminal oxo and hydroxo ligands. / Budrìa, Josè Gracia; Raugei, Simone; Cavallo, Luigi.

In: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 45, No. 4, 20.02.2006, p. 1732-1738.

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Budrìa, Josè Gracia ; Raugei, Simone ; Cavallo, Luigi. / Structure and bonding in monomeric iron(III) complexes with terminal oxo and hydroxo ligands. In: Inorganic Chemistry. 2006 ; Vol. 45, No. 4. pp. 1732-1738.
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