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Controllable assembly of rectangular macrocycles bearing different numbers of unsaturated sites based on half-sandwich iridium fragments

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Abstract

A series of hexanuclear rectangular macrocycles were designed and synthesized by utilizing multifunctional pyrazine-derived (pyrazine-2,3-diamine (H4L1)) and quinoxaline-derived ligands (2,3-dihydroxy-quinoxaline (H2L2)) featuring two monodentate sites and one pair of chelating sites. X-ray crystallography in combination with 1H NMR spectroscopy elucidated that both half-sandwich iridium diimine and dihydroxy moieties are located on either side of the rectangular macrocycles, making them centrosymmetric. Thereby, the prepared diimine-functionalised complexes were found to have unsaturated metal sites on account of their strongly bound Ir–N–C–C–N arrangement. However, all the iridium atoms in the rectangular macrocycles containing dihydroxy groups were found to adopt an 18-electron coordination configuration, indicating that the O,O′-bonded iridium centers had bound additional ligands, such as Cl, MeOH, MeCN, etc. Notably, a rare rectangular macrocycle containing a single coordinatively unsaturated metal site was achieved when the ligands H2L12 and L22 were introduced simultaneously.

Graphical abstract: Controllable assembly of rectangular macrocycles bearing different numbers of unsaturated sites based on half-sandwich iridium fragments

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The article was received on 03 Feb 2018, accepted on 11 Apr 2018 and first published on 11 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT00461G
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 6378-6385
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    Controllable assembly of rectangular macrocycles bearing different numbers of unsaturated sites based on half-sandwich iridium fragments

    L. Dang, Y. Lin and G. Jin, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 6378
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT00461G

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