Closed-shell electronic structures for linear LnMXMLn dinuclear transition-metal complexes Academic Article uri icon


  • The unparametrized Fenske-Hall method is used to study the closed-shell electronic requirements for a large number of linear L.,MXML., (n = 3-6) dinuclear transition-metal complexes. The linearity of the dinuclear complexes relates closely to the two 3-center ir bonds in the M-X-M unit. The occupation of the corresponding ir-antibonding orbitals results in a severely bent M-X-M geometry. Linear dinuclear complexes with vertex-sharing tetrahedra, L3MXML3, require a d®-d8 closed-shell configuration. For linear L5MXML5 complexes with a structure of vertex-sharing octahedra, a d4-d4 configuration will satisfy the closed-shell requirement. Complexes L6MXML6 with a linear vertex-sharing pentagonal-bipyramidal geometry correspond to a d2-d2 closed-shell configuration. © 1991, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Lin, Z., & Hall, M. B.

citation count

  • 8

publication date

  • October 1991