Characterization of surface hydride hafnium complexes on alumina by a combination of experiments and DFT calculations

Marco Delgado, Catherine C. Santini, Françoise Delbecq, Anne Baudouin, Aimery De Mallmann, Carmello Prestipino, S. Norsic, Philippe Sautet, Jean-Marie Maurice Basset

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Abstract

The hydrogenolysis at 150 °C of the surface complexes obtained by grafting Hf(CH2tBu)4 with A-alumina yields several hydride complexes. They have been characterized by combining various experimental techniques (IR, DQ 1H NMR, and EXAFS) and DFT calculations. Two main conclusions are drawn from experiments: first, all Hf-CH2tBu bonds are hydrogenolized in Hf-H ones, while most of the Al-CH2tBu bonds remain intact. Second, there is mainly formation of monohydride surface complex either as a trialuminoxy monohydride (AlO)3HfH or a cationic bisaluminoxy [(AlIVO)(AlSO))HfH]+[Al-CH 2tBu]-. The DFT calculations of the possible species show that all the considered transformations are thermodynamically favorable. Moreover, the calculated bond lengths are in good agreement with the EXAFS values confirming the nature of the hydride complexes obtained at this temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6757-6763
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume115
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 14 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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