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Issue 12, 1990
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Electron paramagnetic resonance study of the [W(CO)4{P(OMe)3}] radical anion trapped in a single crystal of [N(PPh3)2][W(CO)4H{P(OMe)3}]


Gamma-irradiated single crystals of [N(PPh3)2][W(CO)4H{P(OMe)3}] contain an anisotropic e.p.r. signal which exhibits hyperfine coupling to a single 31P nucleus. X-Ray crystallography showed that the crystals belonged to the orthorhombic system (Pbca), with a= 15.562 6(21), b= 19.980(3), c= 27.161(4)Å, and Z= 8; the undamaged anion had an approximately octahedral geometry in which the H atom was cis to the phosphite ligand. Crystallographically aligned specimens were used to determine both the g and the 31P hyperfine interaction tensors [g= 2.0708, 2.0740, 1.9914; a(31P)= 75.1, 68.4, 45.5 MHz] and their direction cosines in the crystal-axis system. The form of the g tensor and the alignment of gmin. with the H–W–Cax. direction of the undamaged anion point to considerable unpaired spin density in the W 5dz2 orbital. Alignment of the 31P tensor along gmin. and the W–P bond is attributed to direct overlap of the P 3pz orbital with the metal atomic orbital. Comparison with other 31P hyperfine measurements suggests that e.p.r. provides a good indication of the efficiency of back-bonding in such organometallic radicals.

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Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/DT9900003655
Citation: J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1990,0, 3655-3661

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    Electron paramagnetic resonance study of the [W(CO)4{P(OMe)3}] radical anion trapped in a single crystal of [N(PPh3)2][W(CO)4H{P(OMe)3}]

    R. C. Hynes, K. F. Preston, J. J. Springs and A. J. Williams, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1990, 0, 3655
    DOI: 10.1039/DT9900003655

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