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Iron(II) and cobalt(II) complexes of tris-azinyl analogues of 2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridine

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The syntheses of 2,6-di(pyrid-2-yl)pyrazine (L1), 2,6-di(pyrazinyl)pyridine (L2), 2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyrazine (L3), 2,6-di(pyrimidin-4-yl)pyridine (L4), 2,6-di(1,2,4-triazin-3-yl)pyridine (L5), 4-hydroxy-2,6-di(pyrazinyl)pyridine (L6) and 4-hydroxy-2,6-di(pyrimidin-2-yl)pyridine (L7) are described. Homoleptic iron(II) and cobalt(II) complexes of these ligands have been prepared and, in four cases, structurally characterised. The iron complexes are all low-spin. However, while the cobalt complexes of the pyrazine-rich ligands L2, L3 and L6 are all predominantly low-spin in the solid state, the other cobalt complexes are essentially high-spin between 5–300 K. The voltammetric M(III)/(II) (M = Fe or Co) oxidations and metal- or ligand-based reductions all become more anodic as the nitrogen content of the ligands increases, which correlates well with Lever's additive electrochemical parameters for the heterocyclic donor groups in each complex.

Graphical abstract: Iron(ii) and cobalt(ii) complexes of tris-azinyl analogues of 2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridine

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The article was received on 31 Jul 2012, accepted on 16 Nov 2012 and first published on 19 Nov 2012

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31736B
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2013,42, 2254-2265
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    Iron(II) and cobalt(II) complexes of tris-azinyl analogues of 2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridine

    L. J. Kershaw Cook, F. Tuna and M. A. Halcrow, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 2254
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31736B

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