John E. McGrady

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A study is presented of the thermodynamics of the halogen-bonding interaction of C(6)F(5)I with a series of structurally similar group 10 metal fluoride complexes trans-[Ni(F)(2-C(5)NF(4))(PCy(3))(2)] (2), trans-[Pd(F)(4-C(5)NF(4))(PCy(3))(2)] (3), trans-[Pt(F){2-C(5)NF(2)H(CF(3))}(PR(3))(2)] (4a, R = Cy; 4bR = iPr) and(More)
The electronic structure, based on DFT calculations, of a range of FeIV=O complexes with two tetra- (L1 and L2) and two isomeric pentadentate bispidine ligands (L3 and L4) is discussed with special emphasis on the relative stability of the two possible spin states (S = 1, triplet, intermediate-spin, and S = 2, quintet, high-spin; bispidines are very rigid(More)
A survey of computed mechanisms for C-F bond activation at the 4-position of pentafluoropyridine by the model zero-valent bis-phosphine complex, [Pt(PH3)(PH2Me)], reveals three quite distinct pathways leading to square-planar Pt(II) products. Direct oxidative addition leads to cis-[Pt(F)(4-C5NF4)(PH3)(PH2Me)] via a conventional 3-center transition state.(More)
The remarkable polymorphism exhibited by the linear tricobalt compounds, Co3(mu3-dpa)4Cl2 and Co3(mu3-dpa)4Br2, can be explained using a model involving three distinct electronic states. At high temperatures, symmetric and unsymmetric forms arise from the population of doublet (2A) and quartet (4B) states, respectively, the latter containing a localized(More)
The 12-vertex endohedral cluster [Ru@Ge12](3-) reveals an unprecedented D2d-symmetric 3-connected polyhedral geometry. The structure contrasts dramatically with the known deltahedral or approximately deltahedral geometries of [M@Pb12](2-) (M = Ni, Pd, Pt) and [Mn@Pb12](3-) and is a result of extensive delocalization of electron density from the(More)
The synthesis of a new endohedral ten-vertex Zintl ion cluster, [Fe@Sn10](3-), isoelectronic with [Fe@Ge10](3-), is reported. In an attempt to place this new cluster within the context of the known structural chemistry of the M@E10 family (M = transition metal, E = main group element), we have carried out a detailed electronic structure analysis of the(More)
The monoanionic N(4)O ligand N-methyl-N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine-N'-acetate (mebpena(-)) undergoes oxidative C-N bond cleavage in the presence of Co(II) and O(2). The two resultant fragments are coordinated to the metal ion in the product [Co(III)(2-pyridylformate)(mepena)]ClO(4) (mepena(-) =(More)
Density functional theory indicates that oxidative addition of the C-F and C-H bonds in C6F6 and C6H6 at zerovalent nickel and platinum fragments, M(H2PCH2CH2PH2), proceeds via initial exothermic formation of an eta2-coordinated arene complex. Two distinct transition states have been located on the potential energy surface between the eta2-coordinated arene(More)
Density functional theory is used to explore possible mechanisms that lead to water oxidation by a bimetallic manganese catalyst developed by McKenzie and co-workers. On the basis of our calculations we propose that the key active intermediate is a mixed valent Mn(III)(μ-O)Mn(IV)-O˙ oxyl radical species, the oxyl centre being the site of nucleophilic attack(More)