Investigating the stability of the peroxide bridge in (μ-oxo)- and bis(μ-oxo)manganese clusters

Christopher D. Delfs, Robert Stranger*

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    The stability of the peroxide ligand bridging two manganese ions in the trinuclear oxomanganese complex [MnIII33-O2)(AcO) 2(dien)3]2+, one of only two structurally characterized Mn clusters possessing a μ1,2-peroxo bridge, has been investigated using density functional theory. Although the peroxide O-O bond in the related bis(μ-oxo)-bridged complex [MnIV2(μ-O)2(μ-O2) (NH3)6]2+ undergoes spontaneous cleavage upon two-electron reduction to the MnIII2 dimer, calculations on the model complexes [MnIII2(μ-O)2(μ-O2) (NH3)6]2+ and [MnIII2(μ-O)(μ-O2) (NH3)6-(H2O)2]2+, which contain the same μ-oxo-, μ-peroxo-bridged core present in the trimer, indicate that the peroxide bridge remains intact, in agreement with experiment. Its stability can be attributed to a Jahn-Teller distortion resulting in elongation of the axial Mn-N bonds perpendicular to the Mn2(μ-O)(μ-O2) plane which in turn stabilizes the high-spin MnIII oxidation state. However, the difference in the energies of the bridged and cleaved peroxide structures is small (ca. 0.5 eV), the lowest energy structure depending on the nature of the terminal ligands. Calculations on the model trimer complex [MnIII33-O)(μ-O2) (HCO2)2(NH3)9]2+ indicate that the energetic differences between the cleaved and uncleaved structures is even smaller (ca. 0.2 eV), and although the peroxo-bridge remains more or less intact, it is likely to be quite facile.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2495-2503
    Number of pages9
    JournalInorganic Chemistry
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2003


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