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The electronic structure of the mixed-valence copper dimer [Cu2{N(CH2CH2N=CHCH=NCH2CH2)3N}]3+

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Farrar, J. A., Grinter, R., Neese, F., Nelson, J., & Thomson, A. J. (1997). The electronic structure of the mixed-valence copper dimer [Cu2{N(CH2CH2N=CHCH=NCH2CH2)3N}]3+. Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, 1997(21), 4083-4088. doi:10.1039/A704392I.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-F256-7
Fully delocalised mixed-valence (MV) copper dimers, {Cu+1.5, Cu+1.5}, have been identified both in proteins and in model complexes. An interpretation of the electronic transitions observed in the low-temperature magnetic circular dichroism and absorption spectra of one such dimer, [Cu2LimBT]3+, where LimBT=N(CH2CH2N=CHCH=NCH2CH2)3N, is presented. The spectrum is dominated by transitions within a set of energy levels derived from almost pure copper 3d orbitals of the [Cu2]3+ core. Limited ligand covalency is found. The MV transition energy has been used to elucidate the valence delocalisation energy which is compared with the delocalisation energies in thiolate bridged MV copper dimers. The delocalisation energy of 7100 cm–1 is almost entirely due to copper–copper σ overlap at a distance of 2.36 Å and represents a metal–metal bond (σ)2(σ *)1 with bond order 0.5.