Indexed on: 21 Oct '14Published on: 21 Oct '14Published in: Journal of Physical Chemistry A
The consequences of anchoring Mn(salen) catalysts onto a supporting material using one of the vacant positions of the metal center are tackled by studying several Mn(salen) complexes with different axial ligands attached. This is accomplished using Density Functional Theory at the X3LYP/Triple-ζ level of theory and the Atom In Molecules formalism. The results suggest that both Mn(salen) complexes and their oxo derivatives should lie in a triplet ground state. Also, the choice of the axial ligand bears a moderate effect on the energy involved in the oxidation of the former to oxo-Mn(salen) complexes, as well as in the stability of such complexes toward ligand removal by HCl. AIM analysis further suggests that the salen ligand acts as a "charge reservoir" for the metal center, with strong correlations being obtained between the charge of salen and the electron population donated by the axial ligand to the metal center. Moreover, the results suggest that the Mn atom in Mn(salen) complexes holds different hybridization of its valence orbitals depending on the type of axial ligand present in the system.