Coordination of KrF2 to a Naked Metal Cation, Mg2+ Academic Article uri icon

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  • Examples of coordination compounds in which KrF2 functions as a ligand are very rare. In contrast, XeF2 provides a rich coordination chemistry with a variety of main-group and transition metal cations. The reactions of Mg(AsF6 )2 and KrF2 in HF or BrF5 solvent have afforded [Mg(KrF2 )4 (AsF6 )2 ] and [Mg(KrF2 )4 (AsF6 )2 ]⋅2 BrF5 , respectively, the first examples of a metal cation ligated by KrF2 . Their X-ray crystal structures and Raman spectra show that the KrF2 ligands and [AsF6 ]- anions are F-coordinated to a naked Mg2+ cation. Quantum-chemical calculations are consistent with essentially non-covalent ligand-metal bonding. These compounds significantly extend the XeF2 -KrF2 analogy and the limited chemistry of krypton by introducing a new class of coordination compound in which KrF2 functions as a ligand towards a naked metal cation.


  • Lozinšek, Matic
  • Mercier, Hélène PA
  • Brock, David S
  • Žemva, Boris
  • Schrobilgen, Gary

publication date

  • May 22, 2017