Can serendipity still hold any surprises in the coordination chemistry of mixed-donor macrocyclic ligands? The case study of pyridine-containing 12-membered macrocycles and platinum group metal ions PdII, PtII, and RhIII

Garau A.;Picci G.;Arca M.;Caltagirone C.;De Filippo G.;Isaia F.;Lippolis V.
Pintus A.;Scorciapino A.;Carla Aragoni M.


This study investigates the coordination chemistry of the tetradentate pyridine-containing 12-membered macrocycles L1-L3 towards Platinum Group metal ions PdII, PtII, and RhIII. The reactions between the chloride salts of these metal ions and the three ligands in MeCN/H2O or MeOH/H2O (1:1 v/v) are shown, and the isolated solid compounds are characterized, where possible, by mass spectroscopy and 1H- and 13C-NMR spectroscopic measurements. Structural characterization of the 1:1 metal-to-ligand complexes [Pd(L1)Cl]2[Pd2Cl6], [Pt(L1)Cl](BF4), [Rh(L1)Cl2](PF6), and [Rh(L3)Cl2](BF4) MeCN shows the coordinated macrocyclic ligands adopting a folded conformation, and occupying four coordination sites of a distorted square-based pyramidal and octahedral coordination environment for the PdII/PtII, and RhIII complexes, respectively. The remaining coordination site(s) are occupied by chlorido ligands. The reaction of L3 with PtCl2 in MeCN/H2O gave by serendipity the complex [Pt(L3)(µ-1,3-MeCONH)PtCl(MeCN)](BF4)2.H2O, in which two metal centers are bridged by an amidate ligand at a Pt1-Pt2 distance of 2.5798(3) Å and feature one square-planar and one octahedral coordination environment. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations, which utilize the broken symmetry approach (DFT-BS), indicate a singlet d8-d8 PtII-PtII ground-state nature for this compound, rather than the alleged d9-d7 PtI-PtIII mixed-valence character reported for related dinuclear Pt-complexes.
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DFT-Calculations; Macrocyclic ligands; Palladium; Platinum; Rhodium; Coordination complexes; Crystallography x-ray; Density functional theory; Ligands; Macrocyclic compounds; Magnetic resonance spectroscopy; Mass spectrometry; Models molecular; Molecular structure; Pyridines
Garau, A.; Picci, G.; Arca, M.; Blake, A. J.; Caltagirone, C.; De Filippo, G.; Demartin, F.; Isaia, F.; Lippolis, V.; Pintus, A.; Scorciapino, A.; Carla Aragoni, M.
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