• Eluvathingal D Jemmis

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    • Structure and bonding in metallocenes and oligomers

      Eluvathingal D Jemmis A Chandrasekhar Reddy

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      The structural variations observed as a function of the number of valence electrons, the metals and the rings present in tripledecker and tetradecker sandwiches have been studied by the extended Huckel method. In tripledecker complexes the electron count varies from 26 electrons to 34 electrons depending on the magnitude of the interactions (8ae). With the njckel complex, CpNiCpNiCp+1, the e′1 antibonding interaction, (8c), is not very high so that the presence of electrons in these orbitals do not affect the stability of the complex. With the vanadium complex, CpVC6H6VCp, the e′1, interaction (8c), is substantial so that 30-valence electron complexes are preferred with the transition metals on the left side of the periodic table. With P6, P5 and As5 complexes the ″a2, (8e), also becomes very strong. This leads to a 28-valence electron closed shell structure. The distortion of the As5 ring in CpMoAs5MoCp is attributed to the presence of three electrons in the degenerate HOMOs. In tetradecker complexes 46-valence electron complexes are found to have highly antibonding degenerate HOMOs which lead to a distorted structure where the two end CpMCp units slip away from the central metal in a direction perpendicular to the original metal-metal axis (7). The extent of antibonding interactions is maximum when the M’ is a late transition metal and M is an early transition metal of the periodic table. With appropriate metals it is possible to have a symmetric 46-valence electron tetradecker complex. Calculations on a series of CpCo(C3B2H5)M’(C3B2H5)CoCp, where M’ = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn reproduced the experimental structural trends. The variation in total energies has been traced predominantly to the energy difference between the valence orbitals of the metal atoms and the π and σ MOs of the ring. The bent geometry of CpCo(C3B2H5)Sn(C3B2H5)CoCp is caused by factors similar to those which operate in making CpSnCp a bent metallocene.

    • Electronic structure study of the reactivity centres in Ti8C12 clusters

      G Naga Srinivas Hotha Srinivas Eluvathingal D Jemmis

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      The reactivity centres of Ti8C12, for the three structures suggested in conformity with experimental observations, are studied by extended Huckel theory, The C2 unit can complex with transition metal fragments such as Pt(PH3)2 with the unusual net result of transferring two electrons to Ti8C12. The metal centre, Ti can accommodate extra two-electron donors like CO. Model systems are used to explain the carbon and metal environment in Ti8C12.

    • Electronic structure of X2 Y3 molecules (X = B, Al, Ga; Y = O,S): A theoretical study

      Eluvathingal D Jemmis G Subramanian S Santosh Kumar Jerzy Leszczynski

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      Ab initio molecular orbital and density functional theory calculations on X2Y3 (X = B, Al,Ga; Y = O,S) indicate a bent structure withC2v symmetry to be the preferred arrangement for B2 O3, B2 S3 and Al2S3. In contrast, the linear isomer is favoured for Al2 O3 and Ga2 O3. These are in agreement with the experimentally observed structures. The electronegativity difference between X and Y, the MO patterns and the ionic nature of the bonding explain variations in the molecular structure. The results from the two theoretical approaches (MP2/6-31G* and Becke3LYP/6-311 +G* level) are comparable.

    • How to make boron harder than diamond?

      M M Balakrishnarajan Eluvathingal D Jemmis

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    • Special issue on 150 years of the periodic table


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