Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of copper(I) cubic clusters

Cristina A. Barboza, Adrian Gambetta, Ramiro Arratia-Pérez, Peter L. Rodríguez-Kessler, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, Desmond MacLeod-Carey

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We report the molecular and electronic structure, and the calculated electronic excitation energies, using the time dependent density functional methodologies (TD-DFT), and the induced magnetic field (Bi) of a series of Cu(I) dithiolato and diselenolato species of formula [Cu8(L)6]. They are composed by eight copper atoms forming a Cu8 cube and six bidentate ligands (L), where twelve chalcogen atoms (Q) bridging the edges of the copper cube, in such a way that chalcogen atoms describe an icosahedron, enclosing a cubic [Cu8(μ-Q12)]4− core of Th symmetry. The Q…Q bite distance is similar in all clusters, without being influenced by the Cu-Cu distance, suggesting the existence of metallophilic interactions that stabilize the cluster structure. Despite of the structural similarities, the electronic structure of these clusters present some differences which are magnified on their optical properties. Excitation energies and their composition depend on the nature of each different ligand in these clusters, according to CTλ(M) index to determine the ligand to metal (LM) or metal to ligand charge transfer (MLCT) character of each calculated electronic transition. The magnetic properties calculations show the importance to separate the magnetic response into their individual components (Bi with i = x, y, z, iso), and diamagnetic and paramagnetic contributions to understand the differences according to the type of ligand on the cluster structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114878
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Copper(I) clusters
  • LMCT transitions
  • Magnetic properties
  • MLCT transitions
  • Optical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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