Cyaphide–alkynyl complexes: metal–ligand conjugation and the influence of remote substituents
A homologous series of novel trans-cyaphide–alkynyl complexes, viz. trans-[Ru(dppe)2(CP)(CCC6H4R-p)] (R = Me, H, F, CO2Me, NO2) is prepared and comprehensively characterised, alongside their parent phosphaalkyne-complex cations trans-[Ru(dppe)2(η1-PCSiMe3)(CCC6H4R-p)]+. Structural data for trans-[Ru(dppe)2(CP)(CCC6H4R-p)] (R = Me, F) and trans-[Ru(dppe)2(η1-PCSiMe3)(CCC6H4R-p)]+ (R = F, CO2Me) are described, along with that for the previously reported trans-[Ru(dppe)2(CP)(CCCO2Me)]. NMR spectroscopic data indicate significant influence of the remote aromatic substituent over the properties of the cyaphide ligand, in line with the Hammett parameter (σp), suggesting appreciable ‘communication’ along the through-conjugate chain. Cyclic voltammety shows irreversible oxidative behaviour, at more anodic Epa than in the respective alkynyl–chloride complexes, though apparently moderated by the remote substituent.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Challenges in organometallic & coordination chemistry: in celebration of Geoff Cloke’s 65th birthday