1 Administration, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet2 Shiraz University of Technology3 Ferdowsi University of Mashhad4 Islamic Azad University5 Administration, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet
There are some discrepancies in both the vibrational assignments and in the metal-ligand (M-L) bond strengths predicted in the previous studies on the copper (II) chelated complex of dibenzoylmethane, Cu(dbm)2. Also, there is a lack of theoretical structure, Raman spectrum and full vibrational assignment for Cu(dbm)2 in the literatures. Density functional theory (DFT) at the B3LYP level and also MP2 calculations using different basis sets, besides Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) and Atoms-in-Molecules (AIM) analyses, have been employed to investigate the effect of methyl substitution with the phenyl group on the stabilities of bis(acetylacetonate) copper (II), Cu(acac)2, and Cu(dbm)2 complexes and the electron delocalization in their chelated rings. Measured solid phase infrared and Raman bands for Cu(dbm)2 complex have been interpreted in terms of the calculated vibrational modes and detailed assignment has been presented. We concluded that, theoretically, the results of charge transfer studies, and experimentally, in-phase symmetric O-Cu-O stretching mode of these complexes are very useful measures for M-L bond strength. The electron delocalization in the chelated rings and the M-L bond strength in Cu(dbm)2 are concluded to be higher than those in Cu(acac)2. The calculated geometries and vibrational results are in good agreement with the experimental data.
Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 2014, Vol 128, p. 272-279