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Coordinatively- and electronically-unsaturated square planar cobalt(III) complexes of a pyridine dianionic pincer ligand

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Abstract

A series of low-valent Co(III) square planar complexes supported by a dianionic pincer ligand bis(arylamido)pyridine ([NNN]2−) was synthesized, including the first structurally characterized square planar hydroxide complex ([NNN]Co(OH), 4) of a 3d transition metal in the +3 oxidation state. The magnetic properties of the Co(III) complexes were highly dependent on the charge of the complex and on the coordination environment of the metal. The diamagnetic cationic complex {[NNN]Co(py)}BF4 (2) can be converted to neutral paramagnetic complexes [NNN]Co(OR) (R = Ph 3a, iPr 3b, and H 4) by a simple substitution of the ancillary pyridine ligand in 2. The double bond character between the metal and the anilido nitrogen was evident from short Co–N2,3 bond lengths in the solid-state structures, and further supported by density functional theory calculations. Complex 2 showed well-behaved redox processes at −0.93 and +0.70 V assigned to CoII/III and [NNN]2−/1− redox couples, respectively. In contrast, both complexes 3a and 4 showed some irreversibility in redox processes on either cobalt or ligands.

Graphical abstract: Coordinatively- and electronically-unsaturated square planar cobalt(iii) complexes of a pyridine dianionic pincer ligand

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The article was received on 29 Sep 2017, accepted on 02 Nov 2017 and first published on 02 Nov 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03674D
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017, Advance Article
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    Coordinatively- and electronically-unsaturated square planar cobalt(III) complexes of a pyridine dianionic pincer ligand

    F. Hana, A. J. Lough and G. G. Lavoie, Dalton Trans., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03674D

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