Chloro and azido diruthenium complexes bearing electron-rich n,n′,n″-triphenylguanidinate ligands

József S. Pap, Jamie L. Snyder, Paula M.B. Piccoli, John F. Berry

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The reaction of Ru2(OAc)4CI with N,N′,N″- triphenylguanidine (HTPG) produces one of two different compounds depending on the reaction conditions. In acetone In the presence of trlethyl amine, the reaction produces tri-substituted Ru2(TPG)3(OAc)CI, and in refluxing xylene, the tetra-substituted Ru2(TPG)4CI is produced. Both of these new complexes can be cleanly converted Into their corresponding azido analogues by reaction with sodium azide in methanol. The X-ray crystal structures of Ru2(TPG)3(OAc)CI, Ru 2(TPG)3(OAc)N3, and Ru2(TPG) 4CI are presented, along with magnetic, electrochemical, and spectral measurements for each compound. Studies In solution show that, in contrast to Ru2(TPG)3(OAc)CI, Ru2(TPG)4CI Is sterically hindered at the axial positions, and readily dissociates a chloride ion at high ionic strength. Equilibrium constants for chloride association and dissociation have been estimated. Mass spectrometric data suggest that the two azido complexes are precursors to new diruthenium nitrido species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9846-9852
Number of pages7
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Nov 6 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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