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Highly-Unsaturated Platinum and Palladium Carbenes, PtC3 and PdC3, Isolated and Characterised in the Gas Phase

Lookup NU author(s): Dror Bittner, Dr Daniel Zaleski, Dr Nick WalkerORCiD, Professor Anthony Legon



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Carbenes of platinum and palladium, PtC3 and PdC3, have been generated in the gas phase through laser vaporisation of a metal target in the presence of a low concentration of a hydrocarbon precursor undergoing supersonic expansion. Rotational spectroscopy and ab initio calculations confirm that both molecules are linear. The geometry of PtC3 has been accurately determined by fitting to the experimental moments of inertia of twenty-six isotopologues. The results are consistent with the proposal of an autogenic isolobal relationship between O, Au+ and Pt.

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Author(s): Bittner DM, Zaleski DP, Tew DP, Walker NR, Legon AC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Angewandte Chemie: International Edition

Year: 2016

Volume: 55

Issue: 11

Pages: 3768-3771

Print publication date: 07/03/2016

Online publication date: 16/02/2016

Acceptance date: 12/01/2016

Date deposited: 12/01/2016

ISSN (print): 1433-7851

ISSN (electronic): 1521-3773

Publisher: Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA


DOI: 10.1002/anie.201511646


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Royal Society
Newcastle University
University of Bristol
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