Solubilizing the most easily ionized molecules and generating powerful reducing agents

Gina M. Chiarella, F. Albert Cotton, Jason C. Durivage, Dennis L. Lichtenberger, Carlos A. Murillo

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Two very soluble compounds having W2(bicyclic guanidinate) 4 paddlewheel structures show record low ionization energies (onsets at 3.4 to 3.5 eV) and very negative oxidation potentials in THF (-1.84 to -1.90 V vs Ag/AgCl). DFT computations show the correlation from the gas-phase ionization energies to the solution redox potentials and chemical behavior. These compounds are thermally stable and easy to synthesize in high yields and good purity. They are very reactive and potentially useful stoichiometric reducing agents in nonpolar, nonprotonated solvents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17889-17896
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number47
StatePublished - Nov 27 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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