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In search of redox non-innocence between a tetrazine pincer ligand and monovalent copper

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Abstract

The synthesis and characterization of a “super-saturated” six-coordinate complex of monovalent copper (PF6 salt) and the potentially oxidizing pincer ligand 2,6, bis-(methyl tetrazinyl)pyridine, btzp, are described. This cation has a structure with the two pincers symmetry related, but each btzp having one short and one long Cu–N(tetrazine) bond; facile exchange is observed between short and long tetrazine donors. The structure shows no evidence of full electron transfer from Cu+ to tetrazine, and DFT calculations not only confirm this conclusion, but also show that the lowest energy triplet state, an excited state relative to the singlet ground state, has the MLCT character where the electron lost by copper now resides in both tetrazine rings of only one pincer ligand; the two pincers in this excited state are inequivalent, having charged btzp0 and btzp−1. The unusual orientation of the distinct tetrazines in the ground state structure of Cu(btzp)2+ is attributed to charge/dipole attraction unhindered by significant entropy cost.

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The article was received on 10 Sep 2013, accepted on 14 Mar 2014 and first published on 17 Mar 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3DT52490F
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2014,43, 7958-7963
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    In search of redox non-innocence between a tetrazine pincer ligand and monovalent copper

    A. K. Hui, R. L. Lord and K. G. Caulton, Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 7958
    DOI: 10.1039/C3DT52490F

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