Theoretical Investigation of the Electronic Structure and Magnetic Properties of Oxo-Bridged Uranyl(V) Dinuclear and Trinuclear Complexes

Abstract : The uranyl(V) complexes [UO2(dbm)(2)K(18C6)](2) (dbm = dibenzoylmethanate) and [UO2(L)](3)(L = 2-(4-tolyl)-1,3-bis(quinolyl)malondiiminate), exhibiting diamond-shaped U2O2 and triangular-shaped U3O3 cores respectively with 5f(1)-5f(1 )and 5f(1)-5f(1)-5f(1) configurations, have been investigated using relativistic density functional theory (DFT). The bond order and QTAIM analyses reveal that the covalent contribution to the bonding within the oxo cores is slightly more important for U3O3 than for U2O2, in line with the shorter U-O distances existing in the trinuclear complex in comparison to those in the binuclear complex. Using the broken symmetry (BS) approach combined with the B3LYP functional for the calculation of the magnetic exchange coupling constants (J) between the magnetic centers, the antiferromagnetic (AF) character of these complexes was confirmed, the estimated J values being respectively equal to -24.1 and -7.2 cm(-1) for the dioxo and trioxo species. It was found that the magnetic exchange is more sensitive to small variations of the core geometry of the dioxo species in comparison to the trioxo species. Although the robust AF exchange coupling within the UxOx cores is generally maintained when small variations of the UOU angle are applied, a weak ferromagnetic character appears in the dioxo species when this angle is higher than 114 degrees, its value for the actual structure being equal to 105.9 degrees. The electronic factors driving the magnetic coupling are discussed.
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Billel Teyar, Seddik Boucenina, Lotfi Belkhiri, Boris Le Guennic, Abdou Boucekkine, et al.. Theoretical Investigation of the Electronic Structure and Magnetic Properties of Oxo-Bridged Uranyl(V) Dinuclear and Trinuclear Complexes. Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2019, 58 (15), pp.10097-10110. ⟨10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b01237⟩. ⟨hal-02278397⟩

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