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Metal–ligand cooperativity of a Co–P moiety

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A novel cobalt system featuring a Co–P moiety has been synthesized to study its metal–ligand cooperativity. A reversible conversion of a phosphide group to a P–P bond found in a dimeric cobalt(I) complex involves electron transfer between Co and P, in which a single electron transfer is successfully coupled with a redox change in each cobalt ion. Upon coordination of a π-acidic ligand such as acetonitrile and isocyanide at the cobalt site, the transformation of a dimeric to a monomeric cobalt complex occurs, which involves the migration of a phenolate group. During the conversion, a P–P bond was cleaved and converted to phosphide and phosphinite. Current Co–P metal–ligand cooperativity presented in this work has been explored structurally, spectroscopically and theoretically.

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21 Nov 2019
10 Jan 2020
First published
13 Jan 2020

Inorg. Chem. Front., 2020,7, 1172-1181
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Research Article

Metal–ligand cooperativity of a Co–P moiety

S. Kim and Y. Lee, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2020, 7, 1172
DOI: 10.1039/C9QI01517E

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