Coordination of KrF2 to a Naked Metal Cation, Mg(2).

Research paper by Matic M Lozinšek, Hélène P A HP Mercier, David S DS Brock, Boris B Žemva, Gary J GJ Schrobilgen

Indexed on: 13 Jan '17Published on: 13 Jan '17Published in: Angewandte Chemie International Edition


Examples of coordination compounds in which KrF2 functions as a ligand are very rare. In contrast, XeF2 provides a rich coordination chemistry with a variety of main-group and transition metal cations. The reactions of Mg(AsF6 )2 and KrF2 in HF or BrF5 solvent have afforded [Mg(KrF2 )4 (AsF6 )2 ] and [Mg(KrF2 )4 (AsF6 )2 ]⋅2 BrF5 , respectively, the first examples of a metal cation ligated by KrF2 . Their X-ray crystal structures and Raman spectra show that the KrF2 ligands and [AsF6 ](-) anions are F-coordinated to a naked Mg(2+) cation. Quantum-chemical calculations are consistent with essentially non-covalent ligand-metal bonding. These compounds significantly extend the XeF2 -KrF2 analogy and the limited chemistry of krypton by introducing a new class of coordination compound in which KrF2 functions as a ligand towards a naked metal cation.