Incipient class II mixed valency in a plutonium solid-state compound.

Nature chemistry (2017-08-25)
Samantha K Cary, Shane S Galley, Matthew L Marsh, David L Hobart, Ryan E Baumbach, Justin N Cross, Jared T Stritzinger, Matthew J Polinski, Laurent Maron, Thomas E Albrecht-Schmitt

Electron transfer in mixed-valent transition-metal complexes, clusters and materials is ubiquitous in both natural and synthetic systems. The degree to which intervalence charge transfer (IVCT) occurs, dependent on the degree of delocalization, places these within class II or III of the Robin-Day system. In contrast to the d-block, compounds of f-block elements typically exhibit class I behaviour (no IVCT) because of localization of the valence electrons and poor spatial overlap between metal and ligand orbitals. Here, we report experimental and computational evidence for delocalization of 5f electrons in the mixed-valent Pu

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2,6-Pyridinedicarboxylic acid, 99%