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Issue 47, 2018
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Six-coordinate [CoIII(L)2]z (z = 1−, 0, 1+) complexes of an azo-appended o-aminophenolate in amidate(2−) and iminosemiquinonate π-radical (1−) redox-levels: the existence of valence-tautomerism

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Aerobic reaction of the ligand H2L1, 2-(2-phenylazo)-anilino-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol, CoCl2·6H2O and Et3N in MeOH under refluxing conditions produces, after work-up and recrystallization, black crystals of [Co(L1)2] (1). When examined by cyclic voltammetry, 1 displays in CH2Cl2 three one-electron redox responses: two oxidative, E11/2 = 0.30 V (peak-to-peak separation, ΔEp = 100 mV) and E21/2 = 1.04 V (ΔEp = 120 mV), and one reductive E1/2 = −0.27 V (ΔEp = 120 mV) vs. SCE. Consequently, 1 is chemically oxidized by 1 equiv. of [FeIII5-C5H5)2][PF6], affording the isolation of deep purple crystals of [Co(L1)2][PF6]·2CH2Cl2 (2), and one-electron reduction with [CoII5-C5H5)2] yielded bluish-black crystals of [CoIII5-C5H5)2][Co(L1)2]·MeCN (3). A solid sample of 1 exhibits temperature-independent (50–300 K) magnetism, revealing the presence of a free radical (S = 1/2), which exhibits an isotropic EPR signal (g = 2.003) at 298 K and at 77 K an eight-line feature characteristic of hyperfine-interaction of the radical with the Co (I = 7/2) nucleus. Based on X-ray structural parameters of 1–3 at 100 K, magnetic and EPR spectral behaviour of 1, and variable-temperature (233–313 K) 1H NMR spectral features of 1–3 and 13C NMR spectra at 298 K of 2 and 3 in CDCl3 point to the electronic structure of the complexes as either [CoIII{(LAP)2−}{(LISQ)}˙] or [CoIII{(L1)23−] (delocalized nature favours the latter description) (1), [CoIII{(LISQ}2][PF6]·2CH2Cl2 (2) and [CoIII5-C5H5)2][CoIII{(LAP)2−}2]·MeCN (3) [(LAP)2− and (LISQ represent the redox-level of coordinated ligands o-amidophenolate(2−) ion and o-iminobenzosemiquinonate(1−) π-radical ion, respectively]. Notably, all the observed redox processes are ligand-centred. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that six-coordinate complexes of a common tridentate o-aminophenolate-based ligand have been structurally characterized for the parent 1, its monocation 2 and the monoanion 3 counterparts. Temperature-dependent 1H NMR spectra reveal the existence of valence-tautomeric equilibria in 1–3. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations at the B3LYP-level of theory corroborate the electronic structural assignment of 1–3 from experimental data. The origins of the observed UV–VIS–NIR absorptions for 1–3 have been assigned, based on time-dependent (TD)-DFT calculations.

Graphical abstract: Six-coordinate [CoIII(L)2]z (z = 1−, 0, 1+) complexes of an azo-appended o-aminophenolate in amidate(2−) and iminosemiquinonate π-radical (1−) redox-levels: the existence of valence-tautomerism

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The article was received on 09 Aug 2018, accepted on 01 Nov 2018 and first published on 02 Nov 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT03257B
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 17086-17101

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    Six-coordinate [CoIII(L)2]z (z = 1−, 0, 1+) complexes of an azo-appended o-aminophenolate in amidate(2−) and iminosemiquinonate π-radical (1−) redox-levels: the existence of valence-tautomerism

    A. Rajput, A. K. Sharma, S. K. Barman, F. Lloret and R. Mukherjee, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 17086
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT03257B

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