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Open-shell lanthanide(II+) or -(III+) complexes bearing σ-silyl and silylene ligands: synthesis, structure, and bonding analysis.

Zitz R, Arp H, Hlina J, Walewska M, Marschner C, Szilvási T, Blom B, Baumgartner J - Inorg Chem (2015)

Bottom Line: Density functional theory calculations were carried out for complexes 2a-2d, 5, and 6 to elucidate the bonding situation between the Ln(II+) or Ln(III+) centers and Si.In particular, a decrease in the Mayer bond order (MBO) of the Ln-Si bond is observed in the series 2a-2d in moving from the lighter to the heavier lanthanides (Tm = 0.53, Ho = 0.62, Tb = 0.65, and Gd = 0.75), which might indicate decreasing covalency in the Ln-Si bond.In accordance with the long bond lengths observed experimentally in complexes 5 and 6, comparatively low MBOs were determined for both silylene complexes (5, 0.24; 6, 0.25) .

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Affiliation: †Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Technische Universität Graz, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz, Austria.

ABSTRACT
Complexes featuring lanthanide (Ln)-Si bonds represent a highly neglected research area. Herein, we report a series of open-shell Ln(II+) and Ln(III+) complexes bearing σ-bonded silyl and base-stabilized N-heterocyclic silylene (NHSi) ligands. The reactions of the Ln(III+) complexes Cp3Ln (Ln = Tm, Ho, Tb, Gd; Cp = cyclopentadienide) with the 18-crown-6 (18-cr-6)-stabilized 1,4-oligosilanyl dianion [(18-cr-6)KSi(SiMe3)2SiMe2SiMe2Si(SiMe3)2K(18-cr-6)] (1) selectively afford the corresponding metallacyclopentasilane salts [Cp2Ln({Si(SiMe3)2SiMe2}2)](-)[K2(18-cr-6)2Cp](+) [Ln = Tm (2a), Ho (2b), Tb (2c), Gd (2d)]. Complexes 2a-2d represent the first examples of structurally characterized Tm, Ho, Tb, and Gd complexes featuring Ln-Si bonds. Strikingly, the analogous reaction of 1 with the lighter element analogue Cp3Ce affords the acyclic product [Cp3CeSi(SiMe3)2SiMe2SiMe2Si(SiMe3)2-Cp3Ce](2-)2[K(18-cr-6)](+) (3) as the first example of a complex featuring a Ce-Si bond. In an alternative synthetic approach, the aryloxy-functionalized benzamidinato NHSi ligand Si(OC6H4-2-tBu){(NtBu)2CPh} (4a) and the alkoxy analogue Si(OtBu){(NtBu)2CPh} (4b) were reacted with Cp*2Sm(OEt2), affording, by OEt2 elimination, the corresponding silylene complexes, both featuring Sm(II+) centers: Cp*2Sm ← :Si(O-C6H4-2-tBu){(NtBu)2CPh} (6) and Cp*2Sm ← :Si(OtBu){(NtBu)2CPh} (5). Complexes 5 and 6 are the first four-coordinate silylene complexes of any f-block element to date. All complexes were fully characterized by spectroscopic means and by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. In the series 2a-2d, a linear correlation was observed between the Ln-Si bond lengths and the covalent radii of the corresponding Ln metals. Moreover, in complexes 5 and 6, notably long Sm-Si bonds are observed, in accordance with a donor-acceptor interaction between Si and Sm [5, 3.4396(15) Å; 6, 3.3142(18) Å]. Density functional theory calculations were carried out for complexes 2a-2d, 5, and 6 to elucidate the bonding situation between the Ln(II+) or Ln(III+) centers and Si. In particular, a decrease in the Mayer bond order (MBO) of the Ln-Si bond is observed in the series 2a-2d in moving from the lighter to the heavier lanthanides (Tm = 0.53, Ho = 0.62, Tb = 0.65, and Gd = 0.75), which might indicate decreasing covalency in the Ln-Si bond. In accordance with the long bond lengths observed experimentally in complexes 5 and 6, comparatively low MBOs were determined for both silylene complexes (5, 0.24; 6, 0.25) .

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HOMO (left) and HOMO–1 (right)of 2a calculated at the B3PW91/Basis1 level of theory(isovalue: 0.02). White, gray, blue, and teal refer to H, C, Tm, andSi atoms, respectively.
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fig8: HOMO (left) and HOMO–1 (right)of 2a calculated at the B3PW91/Basis1 level of theory(isovalue: 0.02). White, gray, blue, and teal refer to H, C, Tm, andSi atoms, respectively.

Mentions: The electronicstructures of synthesized complexes (2a–2d, 5, and 6) at the B3PW91/Basis1level of theory were calculated. According to these calculations,the Tm–Si bond distances (2.958 and 2.971 Å) in the optimizedgeometry of 2a show perfect agreement with the experimentallycharacterized distances (2.966 and 2.980 Å, respectively). Naturalbond orbital (NBO) analysis suggests that the negative charge of 2a is mainly localized on the Si atoms (−0.25) connectedto the Tm center (Table 3), whereas other Siatoms show large positive natural population between 0.3+ and 0.55+.In addition, NBO analysis shows lone pairs on the Si atoms. Interestingly,the shape of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and HOMO–1exhibits some covalent and ionic character bonding as well. The HOMO(−0.54 eV) depicted in Figure 8 showsa lone pair on the Si center, which can be interpreted in light ofthe negative charge of 2a as a bond with strongly polarizedor even ionic character where the Si bears the two electrons. In contrastto that, HOMO–1 (−0.86 eV) denotes more covalent characterbecause the orbital is extended toward the Tm center as well. Thisalso agrees with the Mayer bond order (MBOs) that supports the pictureof weak, very polarized bonds (0.53).


Open-shell lanthanide(II+) or -(III+) complexes bearing σ-silyl and silylene ligands: synthesis, structure, and bonding analysis.

Zitz R, Arp H, Hlina J, Walewska M, Marschner C, Szilvási T, Blom B, Baumgartner J - Inorg Chem (2015)

HOMO (left) and HOMO–1 (right)of 2a calculated at the B3PW91/Basis1 level of theory(isovalue: 0.02). White, gray, blue, and teal refer to H, C, Tm, andSi atoms, respectively.
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fig8: HOMO (left) and HOMO–1 (right)of 2a calculated at the B3PW91/Basis1 level of theory(isovalue: 0.02). White, gray, blue, and teal refer to H, C, Tm, andSi atoms, respectively.
Mentions: The electronicstructures of synthesized complexes (2a–2d, 5, and 6) at the B3PW91/Basis1level of theory were calculated. According to these calculations,the Tm–Si bond distances (2.958 and 2.971 Å) in the optimizedgeometry of 2a show perfect agreement with the experimentallycharacterized distances (2.966 and 2.980 Å, respectively). Naturalbond orbital (NBO) analysis suggests that the negative charge of 2a is mainly localized on the Si atoms (−0.25) connectedto the Tm center (Table 3), whereas other Siatoms show large positive natural population between 0.3+ and 0.55+.In addition, NBO analysis shows lone pairs on the Si atoms. Interestingly,the shape of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and HOMO–1exhibits some covalent and ionic character bonding as well. The HOMO(−0.54 eV) depicted in Figure 8 showsa lone pair on the Si center, which can be interpreted in light ofthe negative charge of 2a as a bond with strongly polarizedor even ionic character where the Si bears the two electrons. In contrastto that, HOMO–1 (−0.86 eV) denotes more covalent characterbecause the orbital is extended toward the Tm center as well. Thisalso agrees with the Mayer bond order (MBOs) that supports the pictureof weak, very polarized bonds (0.53).

Bottom Line: Density functional theory calculations were carried out for complexes 2a-2d, 5, and 6 to elucidate the bonding situation between the Ln(II+) or Ln(III+) centers and Si.In particular, a decrease in the Mayer bond order (MBO) of the Ln-Si bond is observed in the series 2a-2d in moving from the lighter to the heavier lanthanides (Tm = 0.53, Ho = 0.62, Tb = 0.65, and Gd = 0.75), which might indicate decreasing covalency in the Ln-Si bond.In accordance with the long bond lengths observed experimentally in complexes 5 and 6, comparatively low MBOs were determined for both silylene complexes (5, 0.24; 6, 0.25) .

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Affiliation: †Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Technische Universität Graz, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz, Austria.

ABSTRACT
Complexes featuring lanthanide (Ln)-Si bonds represent a highly neglected research area. Herein, we report a series of open-shell Ln(II+) and Ln(III+) complexes bearing σ-bonded silyl and base-stabilized N-heterocyclic silylene (NHSi) ligands. The reactions of the Ln(III+) complexes Cp3Ln (Ln = Tm, Ho, Tb, Gd; Cp = cyclopentadienide) with the 18-crown-6 (18-cr-6)-stabilized 1,4-oligosilanyl dianion [(18-cr-6)KSi(SiMe3)2SiMe2SiMe2Si(SiMe3)2K(18-cr-6)] (1) selectively afford the corresponding metallacyclopentasilane salts [Cp2Ln({Si(SiMe3)2SiMe2}2)](-)[K2(18-cr-6)2Cp](+) [Ln = Tm (2a), Ho (2b), Tb (2c), Gd (2d)]. Complexes 2a-2d represent the first examples of structurally characterized Tm, Ho, Tb, and Gd complexes featuring Ln-Si bonds. Strikingly, the analogous reaction of 1 with the lighter element analogue Cp3Ce affords the acyclic product [Cp3CeSi(SiMe3)2SiMe2SiMe2Si(SiMe3)2-Cp3Ce](2-)2[K(18-cr-6)](+) (3) as the first example of a complex featuring a Ce-Si bond. In an alternative synthetic approach, the aryloxy-functionalized benzamidinato NHSi ligand Si(OC6H4-2-tBu){(NtBu)2CPh} (4a) and the alkoxy analogue Si(OtBu){(NtBu)2CPh} (4b) were reacted with Cp*2Sm(OEt2), affording, by OEt2 elimination, the corresponding silylene complexes, both featuring Sm(II+) centers: Cp*2Sm ← :Si(O-C6H4-2-tBu){(NtBu)2CPh} (6) and Cp*2Sm ← :Si(OtBu){(NtBu)2CPh} (5). Complexes 5 and 6 are the first four-coordinate silylene complexes of any f-block element to date. All complexes were fully characterized by spectroscopic means and by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. In the series 2a-2d, a linear correlation was observed between the Ln-Si bond lengths and the covalent radii of the corresponding Ln metals. Moreover, in complexes 5 and 6, notably long Sm-Si bonds are observed, in accordance with a donor-acceptor interaction between Si and Sm [5, 3.4396(15) Å; 6, 3.3142(18) Å]. Density functional theory calculations were carried out for complexes 2a-2d, 5, and 6 to elucidate the bonding situation between the Ln(II+) or Ln(III+) centers and Si. In particular, a decrease in the Mayer bond order (MBO) of the Ln-Si bond is observed in the series 2a-2d in moving from the lighter to the heavier lanthanides (Tm = 0.53, Ho = 0.62, Tb = 0.65, and Gd = 0.75), which might indicate decreasing covalency in the Ln-Si bond. In accordance with the long bond lengths observed experimentally in complexes 5 and 6, comparatively low MBOs were determined for both silylene complexes (5, 0.24; 6, 0.25) .

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