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Molecular interstitials: an analysis of the gadolinium carbide chloride, Gd2C2Cl2
Inorganic Chemistry (1986)
  • Gordon J. Miller, University of Chicago
  • Jeremy K. Burdett, University of Chicago
  • Christine Schwartz, Max-Planck Institute
  • Arndt Simon, Max-Planck Institute
The recently synthesized compound Gd2C2Cl2 contains distinct C2 dimers occupying the octahedral holes of two adjacent close-packed planes of Gd atoms. By assignment of an effective charge of -4 to C2, the observed C-C distance is rationalized from the C2MO diagram, since the n* level is half-occupied. In this contribution, we examine the electronic structure, while essentially no metal-metal bonding exists at all. The metallic behavior of Gd2C2Cl2 is due to the metal-carbon interaction leading to dispersion of the two C2 n* bands. We also consider the rotation of the C2 unit away from the tetragonal axis of the octahedral interstice as in the conceptual transition from CsC2 to FeS2 structure type.
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Reprinted (adapted) with permission from Inorg. Chem., 1986, 25 (24), pp 4437–4444. Copyright 1986 American Chemical Society.
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Gordon J. Miller, Jeremy K. Burdett, Christine Schwartz and Arndt Simon. "Molecular interstitials: an analysis of the gadolinium carbide chloride, Gd2C2Cl2" Inorganic Chemistry Vol. 25 Iss. 24 (1986) p. 4437 - 4444
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