Molecular Structure of an Unusual Organoactinide Hydride Complex Determined Solely by Neutron Diffraction

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Science  12 Jan 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4376, pp. 172-174
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4376.172


The structure of an unusual organometallic complex, {Th[(CH3)5C5]2 H(µ-H)}2 · C6H5CH3, has been determined from neutron diffraction data, using only the direct-methods program MULTAN. Besides providing accurate metrical information on the first organometallic actinide hydride complex, these results have general and far-reaching implications concerning the complexity and size of crystal structures that can be elucidated solely on the basis of neutron diffraction data.