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Coordination Equilibria Between Seven- and Five-coordinate Iron(II) Complexes
journal contributionposted on 2013-10-21, 00:00 authored by Michaela Grau, Jason England, Rafael Torres Martin de Rosales, Henry S. Rzepa, Andrew J. P. White, George J. P. Britovsek
Octahedral, tetrahedral, and square planar geometries are the most often encountered coordination geometries for transition metal complexes. In certain cases, coordination equilibria can exist between different geometries, such as between six- and four-coordinate geometries in nickel(II) complexes, which were discovered half a century ago. Here, we present the first examples of a seven-five coordination equilibrium. Extensive spectroscopic studies in solution have provided evidence for a dynamic equilibrium between two iron(II) complexes, one with a seven-coordinate pentagonal bipyramidal geometry and one with a five-coordinate trigonal bipyramidal geometry.