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Synthesis and Characterization of Rhenium(III) Complexes with (Ph2PCH2CH2)2NR Diphosphinoamine Ligands


The synthesis and characterization of a new series of neutral, six-coordinated compounds [ReIIIX3(PNPR)], where X is Cl or Br and PNPR is a diphosphinoamine having the general formula (Ph2PCH2CH2)2NR (R = H, CH3, CH2CH3, CH2CH2CH3, CH2CH2CH2CH3 and CH2CH2OCH3) are reported. Stable [ReIIIX3(PNPR)] complexes were synthesized, in variable yield, starting from precursors where the metal was in different oxidation states (III and V), by ligand-exchange and/or redox-substitution reactions. The compounds were characterized by elemental analysis, proton NMR spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, UV/vis spectroscopy, positive-ion electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI(+)-MS) and X-ray diffraction analysis. Although the formulation of the complexes allows either meridional or facial isomers, the latter arrangement was prevalent both in solid and in solution state. Only [ReCl3(PNPH)] showed a meridional configuration both in solution and in the crystalline state. [ReBr3(PNPme)] prefers the meridional configuration in the crystalline state and the facial one in solution. While ESI(+)-MS and voltammetric data seems to indicate some dependency from the nature of the alkyl substituent at the nitrogen, the available structural data of the complexes show only slight differences both for angles and bond lengths upon change of the alkyl chain tethered to the nitrogen.

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The article was received on 22 Mar 2017, accepted on 12 Jun 2017 and first published on 12 Jun 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT01032J
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Synthesis and Characterization of Rhenium(III) Complexes with (Ph2PCH2CH2)2NR Diphosphinoamine Ligands

    N. Salvarese, F. Refosco, R. Seraglia, M. Roverso, A. Dolmella and C. Bolzati, Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT01032J

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