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An easy electrochemical and chemical synthesis of [Ru(bpy)(CH3CN)2Cl2]: a synthon for heteroleptic tris(diimine) Ru(II) complexes

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Abstract

A novel approach for the synthesis of heteroleptic tris(diimine) ruthenium complexes is reported. This strategy is based on the electrochemical or chemical reduction of Ru(III) precursor complexes in MeCN such as [Ru(bpy)(X)Cl3] (bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine; X = MeCN (1) or MeOH (2)). This method allows the preparation with high yield of the highly valuable [Ru(bpy)(MeCN)2Cl2] synthon (3). The full characterization (mass spectrometry, 1H NMR, absorption spectroscopy and electrochemistry) of [Ru(bpy)(MeCN)2Cl2] as a pure compound is reported for the first time. Indeed the later was previously only obtained in mixtures with the corresponding tris(acetonitrile) derivative: [Ru(bpy)(MeCN)3Cl]Cl. 1H NMR analysis of 3 indicates that its structure corresponds to the cis(Cl)cis(MeCN) isomer form. [Ru(bpy)(MeCN)2Cl2] has been further used to synthesize [Ru(bpy)(Me2bpy)Cl2] (Me2bpy = 4,4′-dimethyl-2,2′-bipyridine) for which X-ray analysis indicates that the two chloride ligands are also in cis position.

Graphical abstract: An easy electrochemical and chemical synthesis of [Ru(bpy)(CH3CN)2Cl2]: a synthon for heteroleptic tris(diimine) Ru(ii) complexes

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The article was received on 15 May 2008, accepted on 29 Jul 2008 and first published on 30 Sep 2008


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B808273A
Dalton Trans., 2008, 5891-5896

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    An easy electrochemical and chemical synthesis of [Ru(bpy)(CH3CN)2Cl2]: a synthon for heteroleptic tris(diimine) Ru(II) complexes

    S. Chardon-Noblat, A. Renfrew, F. Lafolet, A. Deronzier, M. Jakonen, E. Laurila and M. Haukka, Dalton Trans., 2008, 5891
    DOI: 10.1039/B808273A

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