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Adaptive aromaticity in ruthenacycles

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Adaptive aromaticity in the lowest singlet and triplet states is a rare property found among molecular systems. So far, only osmapentalene and osmapyridinium have been found to possess the adaptive aromaticity. Although it has been confirmed that the pattern of electron excitation is a key factor to achieve the adaptive aromaticity, further investigation of the metal center effect has not yet been made. Ruthenium, another Group 8 transition metal, can form metallacycles similar to the osmium counterparts. Here, we perform density functional theory calculations for two sets of ruthenacycles and analyze their aromaticity with multiple indices, revealing a 16-valence-electron ruthenapentalene being aromatic in both the singlet ground state (S0) and the lowest triplet state (T1) and extending the adaptive aromaticity to the second-row transition metal complexes.

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Financial support by the National Science Foundation of China (21873079 and 21573179) and the Top-Notch Young Talents Program of China is gratefully acknowledged.

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Chen, D., Qiu, R., Dong, S. et al. Adaptive aromaticity in ruthenacycles. Theor Chem Acc 139, 21 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00214-019-2537-8

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  • Adaptive aromaticity
  • Triplet state
  • Ruthenapentalene
  • Ruthenapyridinium