Structural and spectroscopic characterization of the dimeric iron hydride complex [Ph2B(tBuIm)2FeH]2 reveals an unusual structure in which a tetrahedral iron(II) site (S = 2) is connected to a square planar iron(II) site (S = 1) by two bridging hydride ligands. Magnetic susceptibility reveals strong ferromagnetic coupling between iron centers, with a coupling constant of J = +110(12) cm-1, to give an S = 3 ground state. High-frequency and -field electron paramagnetic resonance (HFEPR) spectroscopy confirms this model. A qualitative molecular orbital analysis of the electronic structure, as supported by electronic structure calculations, reveals that the observed spin configuration results from the orthogonal alignment of two geometrically distinct four-coordinate iron fragments held together by highly covalent hydride ligands.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry