Exploring the Coordination of Plutonium and Mixed Plutonyl–Uranyl Complexes of Imidodiphosphinates

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  • External authors:
  • Kathryn George
  • Julie Muller
  • Laurence Berthon
  • Claude Berthon
  • Dominique Guillaumont
  • Inigo Vitorica-Yrezabal
  • Helen Stafford
  • Christelle Tamain


The coordination chemistry of plutonium(IV) and plutonium(VI) with the complexing agents tetraphenyl and tetra-isopropyl imidodiphosphinate (TPIP– and TIPIP–) is reported. Treatment of sodium tetraphenylimidodiphosphinate (NaTPIP) and its related counterpart with peripheral isopropyl groups (NaTIPIP) with [NBu4]2[PuIV(NO3)6] yields the respective PuIV complexes [Pu(TPIP)3(NO3)] and [Pu(TIPIP)2(NO3)2] + [PuIV(TIPIP)3(NO3)]. Similarly, the reactions of NaTPIP and NaTIPIP with a Pu(VI) nitrate solution lead to the formation of [PuO2(HTIPIP)2(H2O)][NO3]2, which incorporates a protonated bidentate TIPIP– ligand, and [PuO2(TPIP)(HTPIP)(NO3)], where the protonated HTPIP ligand is bound in a monodentate fashion. Finally, a mixed U(VI)/Pu(VI) compound, [(UO2/PuO2)(TPIP)(HTPIP)(NO3)], is reported. All these actinyl complexes remain in the +VI oxidation state in solution over several weeks. The resultant complexes have been characterized using a combination of X-ray structural studies, NMR, optical, vibrational spectroscopies, and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The influence of the R-group (R = phenyl or iPr) on the nature of the complex is discussed with the help of DFT studies.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2019