oa South African Journal of Chemistry - Redox potentials of ligands and complexes - a DFT approach : research article

Volume 64, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4350



A review of the limited literature concerned with theoretical ways to predict experimentally measured redox potentials of ligands and complexes is presented. Electrochemical and related DFT studies involving series of -substituted nitrobenzenes and β-diketone bidentate ligands are discussed. New studies involving ferrocenes and bimetallic complexes (containing both rhodium and iron) are additionally reported. Correlations of redox potentials with calculated descriptors; electron affinity (EA), group electronegativity (Χ), electrophilicity index (ω), LUMO energy (E) and HOMO energy (E) - obtained from calculated electronic energies of neutral, anionic and cationic molecules, are compared. Observed E0', E or E gave excellent correlations in the linear relationships between E and E (R2 > 0.99), and E and E (R2 > 0.92). Close correlation with the HOMO-1 energy was also found with the ferrocene-based second oxidation in the Rh complex.

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