Reversible electron transfer in organolanthanide chemistry

Abstract : This article relates the synthesis and characterization of novel heterobimetallic complexes containing a low-valent lanthanide, a tetradentate redox non-innocent ligand, viz. the 4,5,9,10-tetraazaphenanthrene, taphen ligand and transition metal fragments of PdMe 2 and PtMe 2. The experimental results are supported by a theoretical study. Investigation of their reduction properties allowed the formation of isostructural original heterotrimetallic complexes containing two Cp* 2 Yb fragments and the (taphen)MMe 2 (M = Pd and Pt) motifs. These complexes are stable in non-coordinating solvent such as toluene but decompose in coordinating solvents such as thf. Investigation of the internal electron transfer shows that the taphen ligand behaves as a two-electrons reservoir but is capable of transferring back only one electron in thf. This reversible electron(s) transfer is rare in organolanthanide chemistry and show the potential interest of these complexes in reductive chemistry. Additionally, the trinuclear complexes feature odd X-ray crystal structures in which a deviation of symmetry is observed. The latter observation was studied in depth using quantum chemistry calculations highlighting the role of non-covalent weak interactions.
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Arnaud Jaoul, Maxime Tricoire, Jules Moutet, Marie Cordier, Carine Clavaguera, et al.. Reversible electron transfer in organolanthanide chemistry. Chemistry Squared - Chem2, Science2, 2019, 3, pp.1. ⟨10.28954/2019.csq.06.001⟩. ⟨hal-02263516⟩

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