The influence of the Torsion Angle in 3,3'-Dimethyl,2,2'-bipyridine on the Intermediate Valence in (C5Me5)2Yb(3,3'-Me2-bipy).

Abstract : The synthesis and X-ray crystal structures of Cp*2Yb(3,3′-Me2bipy) and [Cp*2Yb(3,3′-Me2bipy)][Cp*2YbCl1.6I0.4]*CH2Cl2 are described. In both complexes, the NCCN torsion angles are approximately 40°. The temperature-independent value of nf of 0.17 shows that the valence of ytterbium in the neutral adduct is multiconfigurational, in reasonable agreement with a CASSCF calculation that yields a nf value of 0.27; that is, the two configurations in the wave function are f13(π*1)1 and f14(π*1)0 in a ratio of 0.27:0.73, respectively, and the open-shell singlet lies 0.28 eV below the triplet state (nf accounts for f-hole occupancy; that is, nf = 1 when the configuration is f13 and nf = 0 when the configuration is f14). A correlation is outlined between the value of nf and the individual ytterbocene and bipyridine fragments such that, as the reduction potentials of the ytterbocene cation and the free x,x′-R2-bipy ligands approach each other, the value of nf and therefore the f13:f14 ratio reaches a maximum; conversely, the ratio is minimized as the disparity increases.
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Grégory Nocton, Corwin H Booth, Laurent Maron, Richard a Andersen. The influence of the Torsion Angle in 3,3'-Dimethyl,2,2'-bipyridine on the Intermediate Valence in (C5Me5)2Yb(3,3'-Me2-bipy).. Organometallics, American Chemical Society, 2013, 32 (19), pp.5305-5312. ⟨10.1021/om400528d⟩. ⟨hal-00905903⟩

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