Jump to main content
Jump to site search
Access to RSC content Close the message box

Continue to access RSC content when you are not at your institution. Follow our step-by-step guide.

Issue 4, 2015
Previous Article Next Article

Sticking and patching: tuning and anchoring cyclometallated ruthenium(ii) complexes

Author affiliations


A series of [Ru(bpy)2(C^N)][PF6] (HC^N = 2-phenylpyridine derivative) complexes functionalized in the cyclometallating C^N phenyl ring with F, Me, OMe, CO2Me, StBu, SO2Me (ligands H1–H6) or in the C^N pyridine ring with 4-CO2Me or 4-C6H4P(O)(OEt)2 substituents (ligands H7 or H9) have been prepared and characterized; representative crystal structures confirm the structural features of the complexes. When the C^N ligand contains a CO2H substituent (ligand H28), deprotonation in addition to cyclometallation occurs to give a neutral, zwitter-ionic complex [Ru(bpy)2(8)]. The synthesis of the cationic complexes requires addition of a silver(I) salt (AgPF6 or AgBF4) to abstract Cl from cis-[Ru(bpy)2Cl2] and 1H NMR spectroscopic data are consistent with interactions between Ag+ and the coordinated C^N ligand in [Ru(bpy)2(C^N)]+. The absorption spectra of [Ru(bpy)2(C^N)][PF6] (C^N = 1–6) are similar, but the introduction of the anchoring domains in [Ru(bpy)2(C^N)][PF6] with C^N = 7 or 9 enhances the absorption response; the greatest influence is observed in [Ru(bpy)2(9)]+ with the introduction of the 4-C6H4P(O)(OEt)2 substituent. Trends in emission and electrochemical behaviours of the complexes are interpreted in terms of the influence of the electronic properties of the C^N ligand substituents on the energies of the HOMO which is localized on the C^N ligand and Ru centre. This study provides an optimized synthetic route to the phosphonate ester derivative [Ru(bpy)2(9)][PF6], designed to anchor to a semiconductor surface; this complex also exhibits the most favourable absorption properties among the complexes studied.

Graphical abstract: Sticking and patching: tuning and anchoring cyclometallated ruthenium(ii) complexes

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Article information

12 Sep 2014
11 Nov 2014
First published
20 Nov 2014

Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 1557-1570
Article type
Author version available

Sticking and patching: tuning and anchoring cyclometallated ruthenium(II) complexes

C. D. Ertl, D. P. Ris, S. C. Meier, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft, M. Neuburger and J. A. Zampese, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 1557
DOI: 10.1039/C4DT02797C

Social activity

Search articles by author