We discuss here the chemical oxidation of a high-spin iron(II) complex containing the 1,3-bis(2′-benzimidazolylimino)isoindoline ligand (HL 1) using tris(4-bromophenyl)aminium hexachloroantimonate (Magic Blue). The product was X-ray structurally, spectroscopically (Mössbauer, FT-IR, UV-vis) and electrochemically characterized and can be formulated as [FeIII(L1)2][FeIII(L 1H- 2)(L1)] (1), a low-spin iron(III) 1D coordination polymer with strong H-bonds between ligands and N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) solvent molecules in the solid phase. The redox potential of the [FeII(L1)2] complex at - 407 mV vs. ferrocene in DMF is shifted to the anodic direction only by 12 mV in the case of 1 against the expected cathodic shift upon proton loss from the ligand. The difference in the spin state of [FeII(L1)2] and 1, and the impact of H-bonds (detected in the crystal structure) that are able to facilitate proton-coupled electron transfer have been considered as plausible explanations.
- Proton-coupled electron transfer
- Redox chemistry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry