Probing the Mechanism of Adaptive Aromaticity in Metallapyridiniums

In general, compounds exhibit one-state aromaticity in either the ground or excited state according to the Hückel’s and Baird’s rules. Thus, species with two-state aromaticity in the lowest singlet and triplet states (termed as adaptive aromaticity) are rare. Understanding the underlying mechanism for achieving adaptive aromaticity is important to enrich this rare family. Here we carry out density functional theory (DFT) calculations to probe the origin of adaptive aromaticity in metallapyridiniums.