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Lando P. Wolters and Prof. Dr. F. Matthias Bickelhaupt Nonlinear d10-ML2 Transition-Metal Complexes ChemistryOpen 2

Article first published online: 6 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/open.201300009

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π Electrons can do that! They can bend the otherwise linear d10-ML2 complexes through backbonding. Bonding analyses reveal that the second π-accepting ligand is, in a sense, hunting for “fresh” (not yet stabilized) dπ electrons. The magnitude of the effect depends on the nature of both metal and ligand; L[BOND]M[BOND]L angles adopt values as small as 128.6°.

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