Quantum chemical studies on hypothetical Fischer type Mo(CO)(5)[C(OEt)Me] and Mo(CO)(5)[C(OMe)Et] carbene complexes
Quantum chemical calculations at B3LYP/LANL2DZ/6-31G(d) level were made on anti-eclipsed, anti-staggered, syn-eclipsed, syn-staggered conformers of hypothetical Fischer type Mo(CO)(5)[C(OEt)Me] and Mo(CO)(5)[C(OMe)Et] carbene complexes in the gas phase. The most stable conformer of the complexes was found to be anti-staggered according to the total energy values calculated at given level. Structural parameters, vibration spectra, charge distributions, molecular orbital energy diagrams, contour diagrams of frontier orbitals, molecular electrostatic potential maps and some electronic structure descriptors were obtained for the most stable conformers. NMR spectra of the most stable conformers were calculated at GIAO/B3LYPILANL2DZ level. The most stable conformer geometry was found to be distorted octahedral. IR and NMR spectra of the complexes are consistent with their geometry. HOMOs of the complexes were found to be center-atomic character and LUMOs were carbene-carbon character. From the calculated charge analysis and molecular electrostatic potential maps, it is found that carbene-carbon acts as electrofil and metal center nucleophile. It is suggested that the catalytic properties of the carbene complexes may be due to the fact that the carbene-carbon behave as electrophile and metal center nucleophile. Some electronic structure descriptors of the complexes were calculated and the molecular properties were estimated. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.