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Title: Electronic structure trends in N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) with varying number of nitrogen atoms and NHC-transition-metal bond properties
Authors: Bernhammer, J.C.
Frison, G.
Huynh, H.V. 
Keywords: bond analysis
density functional calculations
donor-acceptor systems
Issue Date: 16-Sep-2013
Citation: Bernhammer, J.C., Frison, G., Huynh, H.V. (2013-09-16). Electronic structure trends in N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) with varying number of nitrogen atoms and NHC-transition-metal bond properties. Chemistry - A European Journal 19 (38) : 12892-12905. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Carbenes derived from five-membered heterocycles with different numbers of nitrogen atoms ranging from two to four lead formally either to normal N-heterocyclic or mesoionic carbenes with, in some cases, the same skeletal structure. The electronic structures of fourteen of these compounds were examined by means of DFT calculations at the B3LYP/aug-cc-pVTZ level. The examined parameters include the energies of the σ-lone pair at C carbene and the π-HOMO of the protonated form, which are correlated to the first and second proton affinities. The singlet-triplet energy gap was used as a measure of the stability of the N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) towards dimerisation. Natural population analysis provided insight into the variation of the pπ population and the natural charge at C carbene with NHC structure. Additionally, the transition metal-NHC bond in L-AuCl and L-TiCl4 and the nature of the orbital interactions between the NHC and the transition-metal fragment were analysed in detail by the extended transition state-natural orbitals for chemical valence (ETS-NOCV) approach at the BP86/TZ2P level. Similarities and differences between the NHC-gold and the NHC-titanium bond are discussed, and trends in key bonding properties can be traced back to the variation of the electronic parameters of the NHC. Trends explained: The electronic structures of fourteen five-membered N-heterocyclic carbenes with two, three or four nitrogen atoms in the heterocycle are studied by means of DFT calculations (see figure). Trends and similarities in the electronic parameters are identified and discussed. It is proposed how these parameters can be used to describe the bonding interaction between these NHCs and gold as well as titanium fragments. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Source Title: Chemistry - A European Journal
ISSN: 09476539
DOI: 10.1002/chem.201301093
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