Well-characterized complexes of transplutonium elements are scarce because of the experimental challenges of working with these elements and the rarity of the isotopes. This leads to a lack of structural and spectroscopic data needed to understand the nature of chemical bonds in these compounds. In this work, the synthesis of Cf(DOPOq)2(NO3)(py) (DOPOq=2,4,6,8-tetra-tert-butyl-1-oxo-1H-phenoxazin-9-olate; py=pyridine) is reported, in which the nitrate anion is hypothesized to form through the α-radiolysis-induced reaction of pyridine and/or the ligand. Computational analysis of the electronic structure of the complex reveals that the CfIII–ligand interactions are largely ionic.
- electronic structure analysis
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