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Title: Nickelacyclic-Cobaltocene vs. Nickelacyclic-Nickelocene. Synthesis, X-ray Structures, Electron Transfer Activity, EPR Spectroscopy, and Theoretical Calculations
Authors: Buchalski, P.
Kaminska, E.
Piwowar, K.
Suwinska, K.
Jerzykiewicz, L.
Rossi, F.
Laschi, Franco 
Fabrizi De Biani, Fabrizia 
Zanello, Piero
Issue Date: 2009
Project: None 
Reactions of 9-nickelafluorenyllithium with cobalt and nickel pentamethylcyclopentadienyl-acetylacetonates resulted in the formation of the novel nickelacyclic-cobaltocene 2 and nickelacyclic-nickelocene 3, respectively, in which the central metal atom is bonded to the nickelafluorenyl ring. On the basis of their redox propensity, compounds 2 and 3 were oxidized to the corresponding monocations [2]+ and [3]+. The crystal and molecular structures of both the redox couples were determined by single-crystal X-ray analysis. In spite of their structural similarity, they display a rather different electron transfer ability. To throw light on such an aspect, the pertinent redox couples have been examined by EPR spectroscopy and the nature of the frontier orbitals involved in the redox activity of the neutral precursors has been supported by extended Hückel theoretical calculations.
ISSN: 0020-1669
DOI: 10.1021/ic900329w
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