Synthesis and properties of anionic ruthenium thionitrosyl and selenonitrosyl complexes that contain tetraanionic 2-hydroxybenzamidobenzene ligands†
Although transition-metal complexes that contain thiocarbonyl (CS) and selenocarbonyl (CSe) ligands have been well studied, only three neutral or cationic selenonitrosyl (NSe) complexes have been reported, while anionic NSe complexes remain elusive. Herein, we report the first examples of anionic NSe-ligated ruthenium complexes, which were obtained from the reaction of anionic ruthenium nitrido complexes, elemental selenium, and 4-(N,N-dimethylamino)pyridine (DMAP). The structures of one of these ruthenium NSe complexes, as well as of the corresponding thionitrosyl (NS) and nitrosyl (NO) complexes, were systematically examined by X-ray diffraction analyses and theoretical calculations. In contrast to previous reportes, the NSe ligand in these complexes is a better π-acceptor than the NO and NS ligands and exhibits a stronger trans influence.