The nature of the bonding in symmetrical pincer palladacycles

Boonseng, Sarote, Roffe, Gavin W, Spencer, John and Cox, Hazel (2015) The nature of the bonding in symmetrical pincer palladacycles. Dalton Transactions, 44. pp. 7570-7577. ISSN 1477-9226

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Abstract

The accuracy of DFT-optimised geometries of the symmetrical pincer palladacycles PdNCN and PdSCS, [ClPd{2,6- Me2NCH2)2C6H3}] and [ClPd{2,6-(MeSCH2)2C6H3}] respectively, has been evaluated by investigating the performance of eight commonly used density functionals with four combinations of basis set, in reproducing their X-ray crystal structures. It was found that whilst the ωB97XD functional performed best over all, the PBE and TPSS functionals performed best when considering the palladium coordination geometry. The role of the donor atom in the stability and reactivity of the symmetric palladacycles, PdYCY, Y = N, S, or P, has been determined using Bader’s Atoms in Molecules method to elucidate the nature of the bonding, and using a model formation reaction, which involves the C–H activation of the pincer ligand YCY by PdCl2. The calculations reveal distinct differences in the bond strength and nature of the interaction of Pd with the donor atoms Y, which support differences in the thermodynamic stability of the palladacycles.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry > QD0146 Inorganic chemistry
Q Science > QD Chemistry > QD0450 Physical and theoretical chemistry
Depositing User: John Spencer
Date Deposited: 04 May 2015 07:20
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 21:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53835

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