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Incipient class II mixed valency in a plutonium solid-state compound

Incipient class II mixed valency in a plutonium solid-state compound
Samantha K. Cary, Jared T. Stritzinger, Shane S. Galley, Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt, Laurent Maron, Ryan E. Baumbach, Matthew J. Polinski, Justin N. Cross, David L. Hobart, Matthew L. Marsh
Electron transfer in mixed-valent transition-metal complexes, clusters and materials is ubiquitous in both natural and synthetic systems. The degree to which intervalence charge transfer (IVCT) occurs, dependent on the degree of delocalization, places these within class II or III of the Robin–Day system. In contrast to the d-block, compounds of f-block elements typically exhibit class I behaviour (no IVCT) because of localization of the valence electrons and poor spatial overlap between metal and ligand orbitals. Here, we report experimental and computational evidence for delocalization of 5f electrons in the mixed-valent PuIII/PuIV solid-state compound, Pu3(DPA)5(H2O)2 (DPA = 2,6-pyridinedicarboxylate). The properties of this compound are benchmarked by the pure PuIII and PuIV dipicolinate complexes, [PuIII(DPA)(H2O)4]Br and PuIV(DPA)2(H2O)3·3H2O, as well as by a second mixed-valent compound, PuIII[PuIV(DPA)3H0.5]2, that falls into class I instead. Metal-to-ligand charge transfer is involved in both the formation of Pu3(DPA)5(H2O)2 and in the IVCT.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2777

DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2777

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