Electronic structure of the [Ni(Salen)] complex studied by core-level spectroscopies

Gleb I. Svirskiy, Alexander V. Generalov, Nikolay A. Vinogradov, Xenia O. Brykalova, Anatoly V. Vereshchagin, Oleg V. Levin, Andrey G. Lyalin, Alexei B. Preobrajenski, Alexander S. Vinogradov

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The nature and structure of occupied and empty valence electronic states (molecular orbitals, MOs) of the [Ni(Salen)] molecular complex (NiO2N2C16H14) have been studied by X-ray photoemission and absorption spectroscopy combined with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. As a result, the composition of the high-lying occupied and low-lying unoccupied electronic states has been identified. In particular, the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of the complex is found to be predominantly located on the phenyl rings of the salen ligand, while the states associated with the occupied Ni 3d-derived molecular orbitals (MOs) are at higher binding energies. The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) is also located on the salen ligand and is formed by the 2pπ orbitals of carbon atoms in phenyl groups of the salen macrocycle. The unoccupied MOs above the LUMO reflect σ- and π-bonding between Ni and its nearest neighbours. All valence states have highly mixed character. The specific nature of the unoccupied Ni 3d-derived σ-MO is a consequence of donor-acceptor chemical bonding in [Ni(Salen)]. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11015-11027
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2021 May 14

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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics


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