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Title: Delocalization tunable by ligand substitution in [L 2 Al] n− complexes highlights a mechanism for strong electronic coupling
Ligand-based mixed valent (MV) complexes of Al( iii ) incorporating electron donating (ED) and electron withdrawing (EW) substituents on bis(imino)pyridine ligands (I 2 P) have been prepared. The MV states containing EW groups are both assigned as Class II/III, and those with ED functional groups are Class III and Class II/III in the (I 2 P − )(I 2 P 2− )Al and [(I 2 P 2− )(I 2 P 3− )Al] 2− charge states, respectively. No abrupt changes in delocalization are observed with ED and EW groups and from this we infer that ligand and metal valence p-orbitals are well-matched in energy and the absence of LMCT and MLCT bands supports the delocalized electronic structures. The MV ligand charge states (I 2 P − )(I 2 P 2− )Al and [(I 2 P 2− )(I 2 P 3− )Al] 2− show intervalence charge transfer (IVCT) transitions in the regions 6850–7740 and 7410–9780 cm −1 , respectively. Alkali metal cations in solution had no effect on the IVCT bands of [(I 2 P 2− )(I 2 P 3− )Al] 2− complexes containing –PhNMe 2 or –PhF 5 substituents. Minor localization of charge in [(I 2 P 2− )(I 2 P more » 3− )Al] 2− was observed when –PhOMe substituents are included. « less
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