Issue 35, 2017

Benzoquinonoid-bridged dinuclear actinide complexes


We report the coordination chemistry of the tripodal tris[2-amido(2-pyridyl)ethyl]amine ligand, L, with thorium(IV) and uranium(IV). Using a salt-metathesis strategy from the potassium salt of this ligand, K3L, new actinide complexes were isolated, namely the dimeric thorium complex [ThCl(L)]2 (1) and the monomeric uranium complex UI(THF)(L) (2); under different crystallisation conditions, the dimeric uranium complex is also isolated, [UI(L)]2 (2-dimer). With the aim of studying electronic phenomena such as magnetic exchange between two actinide ions, we have synthesised the first examples of dinuclear, quinoid-bridged actinide complexes from dianionic 2,5-bis[2,6-(diisopropyl)anilide]-1,4-benzoquinone (QDipp) and 2,5-bis[2-(methoxy)anilide]-1,4-benzoquinone (QOMe) ligands. The resulting complexes are [Th(L)]2QDipp (3), [Th(THF)(L)]2QOMe (5) and [U(L)]2QOMe (6). The targeted [U(L)]2QDipp complex (4) could not be isolated. All isolated complexes have been characterised by spectroscopic methods and X-ray crystallography. The uranium(IV) complexes 2-dimer and 6 have been studied by SQUID magnetometry but indicate that there is negligible magnetic exchange between the two uranium(IV) ions. The reduced form of 6, [K(18-c-6)][6] is unstable and highly sensitive, but X-ray crystallography indicates that it is a novel UIVUIV complex bridged by a quinoid-radical.

Graphical abstract: Benzoquinonoid-bridged dinuclear actinide complexes

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26 Jul 2017
14 Aug 2017
First published
23 Aug 2017

Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 11615-11625

Benzoquinonoid-bridged dinuclear actinide complexes

S. Hohloch, J. R. Pankhurst, E. E. Jaekel, B. F. Parker, D. J. Lussier, M. E. Garner, C. H. Booth, J. B. Love and J. Arnold, Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 11615 DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02728A

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