A Density Functional Study of the Electronic Structure and Spin Hamiltonian Parameters of Mononuclear Thiomolybdenyl Complexes Academic Article uri icon


  • The electron paramagnetic resonance spin Hamiltonian parameters of mononuclear thiomolybdenyl complexes based upon the tris(pyrazolyl)borate ligand, together with their molybdenyl analogues, are calculated using density functional theory. The electronic g matrix and 95Mo hyperfine matrix are calculated as second-order response properties from the coupled-perturbed Kohn-Sham equations. The scalar relativistic zero-order regular approximation (ZORA) is used with an all-electron basis and an accurate mean-field spin-orbit operator which includes all one- and two-electron terms. The principal values and relative orientations of the g and A interaction matrices obtained from the experimental spectra in a previous EPR study are compared with those obtained from unrestricted Kohn-Sham calculations at the BP86 and B3LYP level, and the latter are found to be in good quantitative agreement. A quasi-restricted approach is used to analyze the influence of the various molecular orbitals on g and A. In all complexes the ground state magnetic orbital is dX2-Y2-based and the orientation of the A matrix is directly related to the orientation of this orbital. The largest single contribution to the orientation of the g matrix arises from the spin-orbit coupling of the dYZ-based lowest-unoccupied molecular orbital into the ground state. A number of smaller, cumulative charge-transfer contributions augment the d-d contributions. A comparison of the theoretical EPR parameters obtained using both crystallographic and gas-phase geometry-optimized structures of Tp*MoO(bdt) (Tp* = hydrotris(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)borate, bdt = 1,2-benzenedithiolate) suggests a correspondence between the metal-dithiolate fold angle and the angle of noncoincidence between g and A.

publication date

  • April 2007