(Figure Presented). The reaction of copper(II) perchlorate with the hydrochloride salt of 3,6,9,15-tetra-azabicyclo[9.3.1]penta-deca-1,11,13-triene (L1) in acetonitrile forms two macrocyclic complexes that can be characterized: [L1CuIICl][ClO4] (1) and [L1CuIICl]2[CuCl4] (2). The structural, electronic, and redox properties of these complexes were studied using spectroscopy (EPR and UV-visible) and electrochemistry. In addition, the solid-state structure of 1 was obtained using X-ray diffraction. The copper(II) is five-coordinate ligated by four N-atoms of the macrocycle and a chloride atom. EPR studies of 1 both in DMF and aqueous solution indicate the presence of a single copper(II) species. In contrast, EPR studies of 2 performed in frozen DMF and in the solid-state reveal the presence of two spectroscopically distinct copper(II) complexes assigned as [L1CuIICl]+ and [CuIICl4]2-. Lastly, electrochemical studies demonstrate that both [L1CuIICl]+ and [CuIICl4]2- are redox active. Specifically, the [L1CuIICl]+ undergoes a quasi-reversible Cu(II)/(I) redox reaction in the absence of excess chloride. In the presence of chloride, however, the chemical irreversibility of this couple becomes evident at concentrations of chloride that exceed 50 mM. As a result, the presence of chloride from the chemical equilibrium of this latter species impedes the reversibility of the reduction of [L1CuIICl]+ to [L1CuICl]0.
- Coordination chemistry
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry