Anodic electrochemistry of Mn and Re tricarbonyl complexes of tris(oxazolinyl)phenyl borate ligands: comparison to tris(pyrazolyl) borate complexes

TitleAnodic electrochemistry of Mn and Re tricarbonyl complexes of tris(oxazolinyl)phenyl borate ligands: comparison to tris(pyrazolyl) borate complexes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsWu K, Mukherjee D, Ellern A, Sadow AD, Geiger WE
Journal TitleNew Journal of Chemistry
Volume35
Pages2169-2178
Date Published10
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1144-0546
Accession NumberWOS:000295291800033
Keywordsboron-pyrazole chemistry, chemistry, coordination, cyclopentadienyl, METAL-COMPLEXES, nonaqueous solvents, organometallic, potentials, scorpionate ligands, spectra, STRUCTURAL-CHARACTERIZATION
Abstract

M(CO)(3) (M = Mn, Re) complexes of two tris(oxazolinyl) phenylborate ligands (To(M) and To(P)) have been prepared and characterized by spectroscopic, electrochemical and crystallographic methods. The steric bulk imparted by the sp(3)-hybridized carbons in the oxazoline ring gives the tris(oxazolinyl) borate ligands significant structural protection against dimerization while leaving the M(CO)(3) face open for possible reactivity. The anodic electrochemistry of these systems in relatively benign media showed that their one-electron oxidation products were stable and persistent in the case of Re, but of limited stability in the case of Mn. The anodic oxidation of Mn and Re complexes of four tris(pyrazolyl) borate (Tp and Tp*) ligands was also investigated, once again showing that the radical cations of the Re complexes were longer lived than their Mn congeners in CH(2)Cl(2)/[NBu(4)][B(C(6)F(5))(4)]. The E(1/2) data were used to classify the electron-donating properties of the different scorpionate ligands in comparison with their cyclopentadienyl counterparts as Tp* > Cp* > To(P), Tp, To(M) > Cp. Comparison of the v(CO) IR frequencies of these complexes gave a slightly different sequence of donor strength, Cp*, To(M), To(P) > Tp* > Tp > Cp. The electronic effects of the tris(oxazolinyl) phenyl borate ligands are that they convey "Tp*-like'' character in terms of the chemical reactivity of their complexes, and "Tp-like'' character in terms of the redox potentials of these complexes.

DOI10.1039/c1nj20222g
Alternate JournalNew J. Chem.