Synthesis, structure and redox behaviour of facial [ReIIIL(PPh3)Cl3] and its stereoretentive conversion to [ReIVL′(PPh3)Cl3] via metal promoted aldimine → amide oxidation (L = pyridine-2-aldimine; L′ = pyridine-2-carboxamide)

Sibaprasad Bhattacharyya, Sangeeta Ray, Bimal Kumar Dirghangi, Mahua Menon, Animesh Chakravorty

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The reaction of mer-[ReIIIL(OPPh3)Cl3] 2 with PPh3 in benzene has afforded bluish violet fac-[ReIIIL(PPh3)Cl3] 1, where L is the Schiff base of pyridine-2-carbaldehyde and the substituted aniline p-XC6H4NH2 (X = H, Me, OMe or Cl). Geometrical preferences are rationalized in terms of the electronic nature of the ligands OPPh3 (σ- and π-donor), PPh3 (σ-donor and π-acceptor) and L (σ-donor and π-acceptor). The cyclic voltammetric E1/2 values of 1 lie near 0.6 V (ReIV-ReIII) and -0.6 V (ReIII-ReII). Electrooxidation of 1 at 1.0 V vs. SCE in wet acetonitrile affords yellow fac-[ReIVL′(PPh3)Cl3] 3 which is also obtainable via oxidation by dilute nitric acid (L′ is a monoanionic pyridine-2-carboxamide). Complex 3 displays ReIV-ReIII and ReV-ReIV couples near -0.2 V and 1.4 V respectively reflecting superior stabilization of the rhenium(IV) state by the amide ligand. The X-ray structures of two representative complexes of type 1 and 3 have revealed the presence of severely distorted and facially configured RePN2Cl3 coordination spheres. The average Re-Cl distance is lower by 0.06 Å in 3 due to contraction of the metal radius upon oxidation. The Re-P length is however larger by 0.1 Å in 3 signifying a weakening of Re-P back-bonding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society - Dalton Transactions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 21 1999
Externally publishedYes


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  • Inorganic Chemistry

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