Structural effects in octahedral carbonyl complexes: an atoms-in-molecules study

  • Vincent TognettiEmail author
  • Frédéric Guégan
  • Dominique Luneau
  • Henry Chermette
  • Christophe Morell
  • Laurent Joubert
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. First European Symposium on Chemical Bonding


In this paper, we assess the ability of descriptors defined within the framework of the quantum theory of atoms-in-molecules to retrieve trans and cis structural effects in 42 d 6 octahedral carbonyl organometallic complexes involving cobalt and rhodium atoms. More specifically, correlations between bond lengths in trans or cis position with respect to common orienting ligands and both local (such as molecular electrostatic potential values or the properties of critical points of the electron density Laplacian field) and integrated (over the metal atomic basin, such as multipolar moments, various energy contributions, condensed conceptual DFT quantities) properties are investigated, casting some light on the physicochemical features that drive this fundamental structural effect.


Quantum theory of atoms-in-molecules (QTAIM) Carbonyl complexes Trans effect Cis effect Metal–ligand bonds Atomic descriptors Energy decompositions Conceptual DFT 



We gratefully acknowledge the CRIANN computational center for providing HPC resources, and LABEX SynOrg for support. VT thanks the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) for a half-time “délégation”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent Tognetti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Frédéric Guégan
    • 2
    • 3
  • Dominique Luneau
    • 3
  • Henry Chermette
    • 2
  • Christophe Morell
    • 2
  • Laurent Joubert
    • 1
  1. 1.Normandie Univ, UNIROUEN, INSA Rouen, CNRS, COBRARouenFrance
  2. 2.Institut des Sciences Analytiques, UMR 5280, CNRS, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1Université de LyonVilleurbanneFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire des Multimatériaux et Interfaces, UMR 5615, CNRS, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1Université de LyonVilleurbanneFrance

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