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Cyanoferrocenes as redox-active metalloligands for coordination-driven self-assembly

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Abstract

Ferrocene-based Lewis bases have found utility as metalloligands in a wide variety of applications. The coordination chemistry of cyanoferrocenes however, is underexplored. Herein, we describe a new synthetic protocol for the generation of cyanoferrocenes. The coordination chemistry of these metalloligands to [Cu(NCMe)4][PF6], [(PPh3)2Cu(NCMe)2][PF6] and [(dppf)Cu(NCMe)2][PF6] salts has been explored, providing crystallographic evidence of cluster and polymeric forms of 1,1′- and 1,2-dicyanoferrocene complexes. The stability of the complexes and ligand dissociation were found to be strongly solvent-dependent.

Graphical abstract: Cyanoferrocenes as redox-active metalloligands for coordination-driven self-assembly

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The article was received on 22 Oct 2018, accepted on 12 Nov 2018 and first published on 13 Nov 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04215B
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2019, Advance Article
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    Cyanoferrocenes as redox-active metalloligands for coordination-driven self-assembly

    L. A. Wilkinson, T. T. C. Yue, E. Massey, A. J. P. White and N. J. Long, Dalton Trans., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04215B

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