Versatile N,C,N coordination behavior of a monoanionic aryldiamine ligand in ruthenium(II) complexes: Syntheses and crystal structures of [Ru-II(C6H3(CH(2)NMe(2))(2)-2,6)X(L)] (L equals norbornadiene, X=Cl, SO3CF3; L=PPh(3), X=I) and [Ru-II{C6H3(CH(2)NMe(2))(2)-2,6}(2,2':6:2''-terpyridine)]Cl

J.P. Sutter, Stuart James, P. Steenwinkel, T. Karlen, D.M. Grove, N. Veldman, W.J.J. Smeets, A.L. Spek, G. VanKoten

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Abstract

The monoanionic ligand [C6H3(CH(2)NMe(2))(2)-2,6](-), a potentially terdentate N,C,N bonding system, has been employed to synthesize a series of new ruthenium(II) complexes [Ru{C6H3(CH(2)NMe(2))(2)-2,6}X(L)] (L = PPh(3) X = Cl (2a), I (2b); L = norbornadiene (nbd), X = Cl (4), eta(1)-OSO2CF3 (5)) and [Ru{C6H3(CH(2)NMe(2))(2)-2,6}(2,2':6',2 ''-terpyridine)]Cl (3). X-ray crystal structures of 2b and 3-5 have been determined, in which the N,C,N coordination geometry with respect to the metal center is found to differ considerably. In each complex the aryldiamine ligand is terdentate, eta(3)-N,C,N-bonded as a six electron donor system. However, depending on the other ligands in the Ru(II) coordination sphere, this ligand demonstrates considerable flexibility in adopting coordination geometries which range from meridional in 3 through pseudomeridional in 2b to pseudofacial in 4 and 5. In the structures of 4 and 5 significant distortions of the aryl ring, involving bending of the six-membered ring into a boatlike conformation, are found. The different combinations of the N,C,N ligand with sets of other ligands lead to a range of metal geometries, i.e. square pyramidal in 2b, octahedral in 3, and bicapped tetrahedral in 4 and 5.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-948
Number of pages8
JournalOrganometallics
Volume15
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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