Preference for bridging versus terminal ligands in magnesium dimers
Hadi Lioe, Jonathan M White, Richard AJ O'Hair
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR MODELING | SPRINGER | Published : 2011
Magnesium dimers play important roles in inorganic and organometallic chemistry. This study evaluates the inherent bridging ability of a range of different ligands in magnesium dimers. In the first part, the Cambridge Structural Database is interrogated to establish the frequency of different types of ligands found in bridging versus terminal positions in two key structural motifs: one in which there are two bridging ligands (the D(2h) "Mg(2)(μ-X(2))" structure); the other in which there are three bridging ligands (the C(3v) "Mg(2)(μ-X(3))" structure). The most striking finding from the database search is the overwhelming preference for magnesium dimers possessing two bridging ligands. The m..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council
We thank the Australian Research Council for financial support via Grant# DP0558430 and Victorian Institute for Chemical Sciences for the Chemical Sciences High Performance Computing Facility. We thank Associate Professor Brendan Abrahams for helping to search the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database.