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Electron Delocalization from the Fullerene Attachment to the Diiron Core within the Active-Site Mimics of [FeFe]Hydrogenase

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posted on 20.02.2016 by Yu-Chiao Liu, Tao-Hung Yen, Yu-Jan Tseng, Ching-Han Hu, Gene-Hsiang Lee, Ming-Hsi Chiang
Attachment of the redox-active C60(H)­PPh2 group modulates the electronic structure of the Fe2 core in [(μ-bdt)­Fe2(CO)5(C60(H)­PPh2)]. The neutral complex is characterized by X-ray crystallography, IR, NMR spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. When it is reduced by one electron, the spectroscopic and density functional theory results indicate that the Fe2 core is partially spin-populated. In the doubly reduced species, extensive electron communication occurs between the reduced fullerene unit and the Fe2 centers as displayed in the spin-density plot. The results suggest that the [4Fe4S] cluster within the H cluster provides an essential role in terms of the electronic factor.