Substituent effects on cyclometalation: N-benzylideneanilines

Igor Novak, Leo Klasinc, Sean P. McGlynn

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The electronic structures of several derivatives of N-benzylidenaniline ligands (NBA) studied previously by HeI UV photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) have been re-analyzed with outer valence Green's function (OVGF) and ionization-potential equation of motion coupled cluster method (IP-EOMCC) quantum chemical calculations. The calculations allowed us to clearly identify molecular orbitals with predominantly nitrogen lone pair character and correlate their ionization energies with the experimental kinetic data on the cyclopalladation of imines. We have also rationalized the stability (or the lack of it) for NBA complexes with d-block transition metals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-337
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Early online dateJun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2018

Grant Number

  • OPA 4068


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