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Electrochemistry of the two-dimensional heteronuclear [Fe3Pt3(CO)15]n clusters (n=2-, 1-, 0): MO treatment of the skeletal adjustments in 86-84e congeners


Electrochemical studies show that it is possible to move step-wise and reversibly between the redox congeners of the series [Fe3Pt3(CO)15]n,n=2-/1-/0. By contrast, a multielectron reduction of the dianion leads to an irreversible demolition of the species. When [Fe3Pt3(CO)15]2− is treated with one or two equimolar amounts of the oxidant [Fe(C5H5)2]+, the oxidized species (n=1- andn=0) can be also obtained. It can be established or extrapolated from the already known structures of the dianion and the monoanion that the successive oxidations strengthen the inner Pt-Pt linkages of the overall quasiplanar Fe3Pt3 skeleton. MO analysis, by establishing the antibonding nature of the frontier level from which the electrons are added or subtracted, allows the correlation of the bonding features of the inner Pt3 skeleton with the redox propensities of the system.

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Pergola, R.D., Garlaschelli, L., Mealli, C. et al. Electrochemistry of the two-dimensional heteronuclear [Fe3Pt3(CO)15]n clusters (n=2-, 1-, 0): MO treatment of the skeletal adjustments in 86-84e congeners. J Clust Sci 1, 93–106 (1990).

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Key words

  • Heteronuclear metal clusters
  • MO analysis
  • electrochemistry