Electronic structure of metal clusters. 2. Photoelectron spectra and molecular orbital calculations on decacarbonyldihydridotriosmium Academic Article uri icon


  • Molecular orbital (MO) calculations and the gas-phase ultraviolet photoelectron (PE) spectrum are reported for H2Os3(CO)10. In a comparsion with the PE spectrum of Os3(CO)12, the major spectral change is loss of a band due to a direct Os-Os bond and appearance of bands due to Os-H-Os bridge bonds. The spectrum also shows a substantial rearrangement of the bands due to the pseudo-t2g electrons, which are usually considered Os-CO π bonding but Os-Os nonbonding. The molecular orbital results, which are described in terms of the pseudooctahedral fragments, Os(CO)4 and Os(CO)3, suggest that the rearrangement of the pseudo-t2g electrons results in a partial Os-Os bond between the hydrogen-bridged osmiums. The calculations also suggest that donation into a low-lying Os-Os antibonding orbital is responsible for the increase in Os-Os bond distance as bridging hydrogens are replaced by bridging methoxide groups. © 1982, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sherwood, D. E., & Hall, M. B.

citation count

  • 18

publication date

  • September 1982