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Dihydrogen Addition in a Dinuclear Rare-Earth Metal Hydride Complex Supported by a Metalated TREN Ligand

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posted on 09.11.2011, 00:00 by Ajay Venugopal, Waldemar Fegler, Thomas P. Spaniol, Laurent Maron, Jun Okuda
The dinuclear lutetium dihydride dication supported by metalated tripodal ligands undergoes facile hydrogenolysis with H2 to form a trihydride dication. Molecular orbital analysis shows that the LUMO is a bonding Lu···Lu orbital that is poised to activate dihydrogen.