Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

The Magnetic and Electronic Structural Properties of the S3 State of Nature’s Water Oxidising Complex: A Combined Study in ELDOR-Detected Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectral Simulation and Broken Symmetry Density Functional Theory



ELDOR-detected Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (EDNMR) spectral simulations combined with broken symmetry density functional theory (BS-DFT) calculations are used to obtain and to assign the 55Mn hyperfine coupling constants (hfcs) for modified forms of the water oxidising complex in the penultimate S3 state of the water oxidation cycle. The study shows that an open cubane form of the core Mn4CaO6 cluster is the dominant S = 3 species in all cases studied experimentally with no need to invoke a closed cubane intermediate possessing a distorted pentacoordinate Mn4 ion. EDNMR simulations found that both the experimental bandwidth and multi-nuclear transitions may alter relative EDNMR peak intensities, potentially leading to incorrect assignment of hfcs. The implications of these findings for the water oxidation mechanism are discussed.


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