Two very soluble compounds having W2(bicyclic guanidinate) 4 paddlewheel structures show record low ionization energies (onsets at 3.4 to 3.5 eV) and very negative oxidation potentials in THF (-1.84 to -1.90 V vs Ag/AgCl). DFT computations show the correlation from the gas-phase ionization energies to the solution redox potentials and chemical behavior. These compounds are thermally stable and easy to synthesize in high yields and good purity. They are very reactive and potentially useful stoichiometric reducing agents in nonpolar, nonprotonated solvents.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry