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Probing the potential of N-heterocyclic carbenes in molecular electronics: redox-active metal centers interlinked by a rigid ditopic carbene ligand

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Abstract

Bimetallic homonuclear iron(II) and ruthenium(II)N-heterocyclic carbene complexes have been synthesized and crystallographically analyzed. As a spacer ligand for interconnecting the two redox-active metal centers, a ditopic carbene ligand has been used that comprises two carbene sites annelated to benzene. Detailed electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical analyses of the bimetallic systems revealed that despite the potentially π-delocalized nature of the ditopic ligand, the iron centers are only moderately coupled. In the ruthenium complexes, the intermetallic interactions are very weak and the centers are electrochemically nearly independent. A model is proposed for rationalizing these observations which is based on (i) relatively weak charge delocalization in the spacer ligand and (ii) on electrostatic factors governing the metal–carbene bond.

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The article was received on 09 Jun 2008, accepted on 30 Jul 2008 and first published on 22 Sep 2008


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B809721F
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2008,0, 5570-5576
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    Probing the potential of N-heterocyclic carbenes in molecular electronics: redox-active metal centers interlinked by a rigid ditopic carbene ligand

    L. Mercs, A. Neels and M. Albrecht, Dalton Trans., 2008, 0, 5570
    DOI: 10.1039/B809721F

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