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Exploration and characterisation of novel bronze patinas derived from simple coordination complexes

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Abstract

The chemical reactions of aqueous solutions containing simple transition-metal salts and bidentate nitrogen ligands on bronze surfaces results in a series of brightly coloured patinas. Chemically and physically robust patinas involve a chemical oxidation of the copper atoms within the bronze surface, either by an applied ferric salt or atmospheric dioxygen. The combination of Fe(NO3)3·9H2O and 2,2′-bipyridine produces a coloured patina that is either red or blue, depending on whether oxygen was present during application, due to the presence of [Fe(bpy)3]2+ or [Fe(bpy)3)]3+, respectively. Application of pyrazine produces a bright orange patina, due to the formation of Cu(I) coordination polymers on the bronze surface. Application of Fe(NO3)3·9H2O and tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) yields a forest green coloration, believed to be due to a bimetallic copper–iron complex, while TMEDA alone affords the sapphire blue of [Cu(TMEDA)2]2+. These patinas were characterized with ESI-TOF MS, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, and IR spectrophotometry, to determine the molecular basis for the patina chromophores.

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Submitted
06 Jul 2010
Accepted
13 Oct 2010
First published
01 Dec 2010

Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 614-622
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Exploration and characterisation of novel bronze patinas derived from simple coordination complexes

A. E. Devantier, S. J. Murch and W. S. McNeil, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 614
DOI: 10.1039/C0DT00793E

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