Ligand contributions to the electronic structures of the oxidized cobalt(II) salen complexes

Amélie Kochem, Hussein Kanso, Benoit Baptiste, Himanshu Arora, Christian Philouze, Olivier Jarjayes, Hervé Vezin, Dominique Luneau, Maylis Orio, Fabrice Thomas

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Square planar cobalt(II) complexes of salen ligands N,N-bis(3-tert-butyl- 5R-salicylidene)-1,2-cyclohexanediamine), where R = OMe (1) and tert-butyl (2), were prepared. 1 and 2 were electrochemically reversibly oxidized into cations [1-H2O]+ and [2-H2O]+ in CH 2Cl2. The chemically generated [1-H2O](SbF 6)·0.68 H2O·0.82CH2Cl2 and [2-H2O](SbF6)·0.3H2O·0. 85CH2Cl2 were characterized by X-ray diffraction and NIR spectroscopy. Both complexes are paramagnetic species containing a square pyramidal cobalt ion coordinated at the apical position by an exogenous water molecule. They exhibit remarkable NIR bands at 1220 (7370 M-1 cm -1) and 1060 nm (5560 M-1 cm-1), respectively, assigned to a CT transition. DFT calculations and magnetic measurements confirm the paramagnetic (S = 1) ground spin state of the cations. They show that more than 70% of the total spin density in [1-H2O]+ and [2-H2O]+ is localized on the metal, the remaining spin density being distributed over the aromatic rings (30% phenoxyl character). In the presence of N-methylimidazole 1 and 2 are irreversibly oxidized by air into the genuine octahedral cobalt(III) bis(phenolate) complexes [1-im 2]+ and [2-im2]+, the former being structurally characterized. Neither [1-im2]+ nor [2-im2]+ exhibits a NIR feature in its electronic spectrum. 1 and 2 were electrochemically two-electron oxidized into [1] 2+ and [2]2+. The cations were identified as Co(III)-phenoxyl species by their characteristic absorption band at ca. 400 nm in the UV-vis spectrum. Coordination of the phenoxyl radical to the cobalt(III) metal ion is evidenced by the EPR signal centered at g = 2.00.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10557-10571
Number of pages15
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


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