Four-coordinate, planar RuII. A triplet state as a response to a 14-valence electron configuration.


The ligand (tBu2PCH2SiMe2)2N1- (PNP) in [PNP]RuCl leads to an intermediate spin ground state, S = 1, which has been characterized by NMR and X-ray diffraction as having a planar structure. This spin state is attributed in part to N --> Ru pi donation. DFT calculations confirm that the singlet state lies higher in energy and is nonplanar. The molecule is… (More)

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