In this paper, we provide solid evidence to show that among an overwhelming structural diversity, alkaline earth metals (Ca, Sr, Ba) have the ability to form inverted sandwich compounds with C6H6, C7H7+, and C8H82+ of Dnh symmetry and general formula [E-(CnHn)-E]n-6 (n = 6-8) with planar 10-π-electron aromatic cores by virtue of transferring two electrons per metal atom to the ring. However, the origin of the orbital interaction between the metals and the carbon ring is quite different; while [E-(C6H6)-E] complexes are dominated by δ-interactions, both π- and δ-interactions are important in [E-(C7H7)-E]+ and [E-(C8H8)-E]2+ complexes.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry