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Soluble redox-active polymetallic chains [{Ru-0(CO)(L)(bpy)}(m)](n) (bpy=2,2 '-bipyridine, L = PrCN, Cl-; m=0,-1): electrosynthesis and characterization

Hartl, F., Renfrew, A.K., Lafolet, F., Mahabiersing, T., Calhorda, M.J., Chardon-Noblat, S., Haukka, M. and Deronzier, A. (2009) Soluble redox-active polymetallic chains [{Ru-0(CO)(L)(bpy)}(m)](n) (bpy=2,2 '-bipyridine, L = PrCN, Cl-; m=0,-1): electrosynthesis and characterization. Inorganic Chemistry, 48 (17). pp. 8233-8244. ISSN 0020-1669

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Abstract/Summary

Electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical techniques were employed to study in detail the formation and so far unreported spectroscopic properties of soluble electroactive molecular chains with nonbridged metal-metal backbones, namely, [{Ru-0(CO)(PrCN)(bpy)}(m)](n) (m = 0, -1) and [{Ru-0(CO)(bpy)Cl}(m)](n) (m = -1, -2; bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine). The precursors cis-(Cl)-[Ru-II(CO)(MeCN)(bpy)Cl-2] (in PrCN) and mer-[Ru-II(CO)(bpy)Cl-3](-) (in tetrahydrofuran (THF) and PrCN) undergo one-electron reductions to reactive radicals [Ru-II(CO)(MeCN)(bpy(center dot-))Cl-2](-) and [Ru-II(CO)(bpy(center dot-))Cl-3](2-), respectively. Both [bpy(center dot-)]-containing species readily electropolymerize on concomitant dissociation of two chloride ligands and consumption of a second electron. Along this path, mer-to-fac isomerization of the bpy-reduced trichlorido complex (supported by density functional theory calculations) and a concentration-dependent oligomerization process contribute to the complex reactivity pattern. In situ spectroelectrochemistry (IR, UV/vis a has revealed that the charged polymer [{Ru-0(CO)(bpy)Cl}(-)](n) is stable in THF, but in PrCN it converts readily to [Ru-0(CO)(PrCN)(bpy)](n). An excess of chloride ions retards this substitution at low temperatures. Both polymetallic chains are completely soluble in the electrolyte solution and can be reduced reversibly to the corresponding [bpy(center dot-)]-containing species.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:11319
Uncontrolled Keywords:DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL THEORY, INHOMOGENEOUS ELECTRON-GAS, ELECTROCHEMICAL-BEHAVIOR, STRUCTURAL-CHARACTERIZATION, ELECTROCATALYTIC REDUCTION, RUTHENIUM TETRACARBONYL, MOLECULAR-STRUCTURES, CORRELATION-ENERGY, = 2,2'-BIPYRIDINE, SCREENING MODEL

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