A continuous chirality analysis of homoleptic hexacoordinated complexes

Santiago Alvarez*, Mark Pinsky, David Avnir

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Hexacoordinated complexes are generally considered to be potentially chiral if they have at least two bidentate ligands or at lest three different monodentate ligands. Here we draw attention to a neglected general possibility, namely that homoleptic hexacoordinated complexes with molecular structures in between octahedral and trigonal prismatic, following the Bailar twisting route, are chiral, A quantitative evaluation of the degree of chirality of such hexakis(mondenlate) complexes shows that they reach maximum chirality when the trigonal rotation angle of the prism reaches 23°. Model calculations and analysis of experimental X-ray structures are in good agreement. The most chiral of the complexes with monodentate ligands that have been analyzed is [Zr(SC6H4-4-OMe)6]2-. The validity of the theoritical prediction is also corroborated by an analysis of the chirality of the coordination sphere in twisted tris(chelate) complexes.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1499-1503
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001


  • Chirality
  • Coordination chemistry
  • Molecular symmetry
  • Quantitative chirality
  • Stereochemistry


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