A theoretical study of the photochemical reductive elimination and thermal oxidative addition of molecular hydrogen from and to the Ir-complex

Y. Hayashi, H. Nakai, Y. Tokita, H. Nakatsuji

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Abstract

The electronic mechanisms of the cyclic processes of photochemical reductive elimination of H2 from [IrClH2(PH3)3] and thermal oxidative addition of H2 to [IrCl(PH3)3] are investigated theoretically. The geometries of the ground and excited states are optimized using the Hartree-Fock and single excitation configuration interaction methods, respectively, and higher level calculations for the ground and excited states are carried out by the symmetry adapted cluster (SAC)/SAC-configuration interaction method. The present calculation shows that the reductive elimination of H2 from [IrClH2(PH3)3] dose not occur thermally but photochemically through diabatic conversion from the lowest A′ excited state to the ground state (A′), while the oxidative addition of H2 to [IrCl(PH3)3] easily proceeds thermally. The lowest 1A′ excited state involves the nature of the Ir-H2 antibonding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-214
Number of pages5
JournalTheoretical Chemistry Accounts
Volume99
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jun

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Keywords

  • Configuration interaction method
  • Excited states
  • Iridium complexes
  • Photochemical reductive elimination of H
  • Symmetry adapted cluster (SAC)/SAC
  • Thermal oxidative addition of H

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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