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IUPAC name
Other names
Uranium cyclooctatetraenide
ChemSpider  N
Jmol-3D images Image
Molar mass 446.33 g/mol
Appearance green crystals[1]
Main hazards ignites in air
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
 N  (: Y/N?)

Uranocene, U(C8H8)2, is an actinocenes," a group of metallocenes incorporating elements from the actinide series. It is the most studied bis[8]annulene-metal system, although it has no practical applications.[2]


  • Synthesis, structure and bonding 1
    • Spectroscopic properties 1.1
  • Analogous compounds 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4

Synthesis, structure and bonding

Uranocene was first described in 1968, when it was prepared by the reaction of dipotassium cyclooctatetraenide and uranium tetrachloride in THF at 0°C:[1]

Synthesis of uranocene

Uranocene is highly reactive toward oxygen, being pyrophoric in air but stable to hydrolysis. Considering the molecule to be U4+(C8H82−)2, the η8-cyclooctatetraenide groups are planar, as expected for a ring containing 10 π-electrons, and are mutually parallel, forming a sandwich containing the uranium atom. In the solid state, the rings are eclipsed, conferring D8h symmetry on the molecule. In solution the rings rotate with a low energy barrier.

The uranium-cyclooctatetraenyl bonding was shown by photoelectron spectroscopy to be primarily due to mixing of uranium 6d orbitals into ligand pi orbitals and therefore donation of electronic charge to the uranium, with a smaller such interaction involving the uranium 5f orbitals.[3] Electronic theory calculations agree with this result[4] and point out that the weaker interaction of the open-shell 5f orbitals with the ligand orbitals determines the angular momentum quantum number of the ground state.[5]

Spectroscopic properties

Uranocene is paramagnetic. Its magnetic susceptibility is consistent with 3-4 unpaired electrons, the moment being affected by contributions from spin-orbit coupling associated with the 8-fold symmetry.[6] Its NMR spectrum is consistent with an angular momentum quantum number of 3.[7] Electronic theory calculations from the simplest[8] to the most accurate[9] also give angular momentum quantum numbers of 3 for the ground state and 2 for the first excited state, corresponding to symmetry designations[10] of E3g and E2g for these states.

The green color of uranocene is due to three strong transitions in its visible spectrum.[1][11] In addition to finding vibrational frequencies, Raman spectra indicate the presence of a low-lying excited electronic state.[11][12] On the basis of calculations the visible transitions are assigned to transitions to E2u and E3u states.

Analogous compounds

Analogous compounds of the form M(C8H8)2 exist for M = (Nd, Tb, Pu, Pa, Np, Th, and Yb). Extensions include the air-stable derivative U(C8H4Ph4)2 and the cycloheptatrienyl species [U(C7H7)2].[2] In contrast, bis(cyclooctatetraene)iron has a very different structure, with one each of a η6- and η4-C8H8 ligands.


  1. ^ a b c Streitwieser, A.; Mueller-Westerhoff, U. (1968). "Bis(cyclooctatetraenyl)uranium (uranocene). A new class of sandwich complexes that utilize atomic f orbitals".  
  2. ^ a b Seyferth, D. (2004). "Uranocene. The First Member of a New Class of Organometallic Derivatives of the f Elements".  
  3. ^ Clark, J. P.; Green, J. C. (1977). "An Investigation of the Electronic Structure of Bis(eta-cyclo-octatetraene)-actinoids by Helium-(I) and -(II) Photoelectron Spectroscopy".  
  4. ^ Roesch, N.; Streitwieser, A. (1983). "Quasirelativistic SCF-Xalpha Scattered-Wave Study of Uranocene, Thorocene, and Cerocene".  
  5. ^ Chang, A. H. H.; Pitzer, R. M. (1989). "Electronic Structure and Spectra of Uranocene".  
  6. ^ Karraker, D. G.; Stone, J. A.; Jones, E. R.; Edelstein, N. (1970). "Bis(cyclooctatetraenyl)neptunium(IV) and Bis(cyclooctatetraenyl)plutonium(IV)".  
  7. ^ Fischer, R. D. (1979). "NMR Spectroscopy of Organometallic Compounds of the f-Elements: Practical Applications". In Marks, T. J.; Fischer, R. D. Volume 44 – Organometallics of the f-Elements. NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series: Series C – Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Dordrecht, Holland: Reidel. pp. 337–377.  
  8. ^ Hayes, R. G.; Edelstein, N. (1972). "An Elementary Molecular Orbital Calculation on U(C8H8)2 and Its Application to the Electronic Structure of U(C8H8)2, Np(C8H8)2. and Pu(C8H8)2".  
  9. ^ Liu, W.; Dolg, M.; Fulde, P. (1997). "Low-lying electronic states of lanthanocenes and actinocenes M(C8H8)2 (M=Nd, Tb, Yb, U)".  
  10. ^ Herzberg, G. (1966). Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure III. Electronic Spectra and Electronic Structure of Polyatomic Molecules. Princeton, New Jersey: D. Van Nostrand. p. 566. 
  11. ^ a b Dallinger, R. F.; Stein, P.; Spiro, T. G. (1978). "Resonance Raman Spectroscopy of Uranocene: Observation of an Anomalously Polarized Electronic Band and Assignment of Energy Levels".  
  12. ^ Hager, J. S.; Zahardis, J.; Pagni, R. M.; et al. (2004). "Raman under nitrogen. The high-resolution Raman spectroscopy of crystalline uranocene, thorocene, and ferrocene".  

Further reading

  • The f elements, Nikolas Kaltsoyannis and Peter Scott. ISBN 0-19-850467-5
  • Chemistry of the Elements, N. N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw. ISBN 0-08-022057-6
  • Lanthanides & Actinides: Organoactinides
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