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Synthesis, characterization and oxygen atom transfer reactivity of a pair of Mo(IV)O- and Mo(VI)O2-enedithiolate complexes – a look at both ends of the catalytic transformation

Abstract

Two new molybdenum complexes (Bu4N)2[MoIVO(ntdt)2] (1) and (Ph4P)2[MoVIO2(ntdt)2] (2) (ntdt = 2-naphthyl-1,4-dithiolate) were synthesized using asymmetric dithiolene precursors and were characterized as structural models for the active site of arsenite oxidase, a molybdopterin bearing enzyme. The ligand was obtained readily by a two-step synthesis starting from 2-bromo-2′-acetonapthone. Complexes 1 and 2 were obtained by reaction of the resulting 4-naphthyl-1,3-dithiol-2-one with metal precursors trans-[MoO2(CN)4]4‒ and cis-[MoO2(NCS)4]2‒ respectively. Notably and to the best of our knowledge, this work constitutes the first utilization of the latter in dithiolene chemistry. 1 and 2 were characterized by NMR and IR spectroscopy, by cyclic voltammetry, mass spectrometry, elemental analysis and in case of 1 by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The molecular structure of compound 1 exhibits the less common cis isomeric form (i.e. the naphthyl groups of the 2-naphthyl-1,4-dithiolate ligands are located on the same side of the MoS4 square base). Structural, spectroscopic and electrochemical data are discussed in context. The catalytic oxo-transfer properties of 1 and 2 were investigated by oxo-transfer reactions from DMSO to PPh3 with varied catalyst:PPh3 ratios. Interestingly, the oxygen atom transfer reaction from DMSO to PPh3 starting from compound 2 was found to be more efficient under the given conditions than when the reduced catalyst 1 was employed as initial species. The two catalytic systems are discussed and compared in terms of their reactivity.

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The article was received on 24 Apr 2017, accepted on 21 May 2017 and first published on 22 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT01470H
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Synthesis, characterization and oxygen atom transfer reactivity of a pair of Mo(IV)O- and Mo(VI)O2-enedithiolate complexes – a look at both ends of the catalytic transformation

    A. C. Ghosh, P. P. Samuel and C. Schulzke, Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT01470H

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