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Inorg Chem. 2010 Mar 15;49(6):3051-6. doi: 10.1021/ic100100a.

Large changes in electronic structures of Ru2(6+) species caused by the variations of the bite angle of guanidinate ligands: tuning magnetic behavior.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 3012, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77842-3012, USA.


Syntheses and characterization of two Ru(2)(6+) paddlewheel compounds having very different magnetic behavior are reported. The compounds Ru(2)(tbn)(4)Cl(2), 1, and Ru(2)(tbo)(4)Cl(2), 2 (where tbn = the anion of 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-6-ene and tbo = the anion of 1,4,6-triazabicyclo[3.3.0]oct-4-ene), have four equatorial bicyclic guanidinate ligands and two chloride ions in axial positions. They show large disparity in Ru-Ru distances of about 0.11 A (2.389(3) and 2.499(3) A at 30 K for 1 and 2, respectively) that is attributed to the divergence in the bite angle of the ligand. Variable temperature structural data show no significant changes in the Ru-Ru distances between 30 and 213 K suggesting that the electronic structure remains unchanged in this temperature range for both compounds. Magnetic studies of 1 indicate there are two unpaired electrons at room temperature but the compound behaves as essentially diamagnetic at approximately 2 K. Compound 2 is non-magnetic across all temperatures in the range of 2 to 300 K. Density functional theory calculations suggest a pi(4)pi*(4)delta(2) electronic configuration for 2, while the magnetic behavior and structural data for 1 are consistent with a sigma(2)pi(4)delta(2)pi*(2) electronic configuration. This shows the importance of the ligand bite angle in determining the electronic configuration of the diruthenium unit and a way to tune magnetic behavior.

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