Synthesis, electronic structure and redox properties of the diruthenium sandwich complexes [Cp*Ru(μ-C10H8)RuCp*]x (x = 0, 1+; Cp* = C5Me5; C10H8 = naphthalene)†
The dinuclear ruthenium complex [Cp*Ru(μ-C10H8)RuCp*] (1; Cp* = η5-C5Me5) was prepared by reduction of the cationic precursor [Cp*Ru(η6-C10H8)]PF6 with KC8. Diamagnetic 1 has a symmetric molecular structure with an anti-facial configuration of the Cp*Ru moieties coordinating to naphthalene. Density Functional Theory (DFT) studies showed an electronic structure similar to that of the analogous diiron complex [Cp*Fe(μ-C10H8)FeCp*]. Cyclic voltammetry and UV-vis spectroelectrochemistry showed that 1 can be reversibly oxidized to 1+ and 12+. Chemical oxidation with [Cp2Fe]BArF4 afforded the paramagnetic compound BArF4, which was investigated by EPR, single-crystal X-ray diffractometry and DFT calculations. Reaction of 1 with Brookhart's acid gave the hydride complex BArF4, which was characterized spectroscopically and crystallographically. Cyclic voltammetry showed that + is converted back to 1 upon reduction and oxidation.