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Title: On the border between localization and delocalization: tris(iminoxolene)titanium( iv )
The tris(aminophenol) ligand tris(4-methyl-2-(3′,5′-di- tert -butyl-2′-hydroxyphenylamino)phenyl)amine, MeClampH 6 , reacts with Ti(O i Pr) 4 to give, after exposure to air, the dark purple, neutral, diamagnetic complex (MeClamp)Ti. The compound is six-coordinate, with an uncoordinated central nitrogen (Ti–N = 2.8274(12) Å), and contains titanium( iv ) and a doubly oxidized ligand, formally a bis(iminosemiquinone)-mono(amidophenoxide). The compound is unsymmetrical in the solid state, though the three ligands are equivalent on the NMR timescale in solution. Ab initio calculations indicate that the ground state is a multiconfigurational singlet, with a low-lying multiconfigurational triplet state. Variable-temperature NMR measurements are consistent with a singlet–triplet gap of 1200 ± 70 cm −1 , in good agreement with calculations. The distortion from threefold symmetry allows a low-lying, partially populated ligand-centered π nonbonding orbital to mix with largely occupied metal–ligand π bonding orbitals. The energetic accessibility of this distortion is inversely related to the strength of the metal–ligand π bonding interaction.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1465104 1112356
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Journal Name:
Dalton Transactions
Page Range / eLocation ID:
1427 to 1435
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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