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Dalton Trans. 2004 Jan 21;(2):189-96. Epub 2003 Dec 9.

Synthesis and molecular structures of nitrosoarene metalloporphyrin complexes of ruthenium.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, 620 Parrington Oval, Norman, Oklahoma 73019, USA.


Several new ruthenium porphyrins containing nitrosoarene ligands have been synthesized and characterized by IR and (1)H NMR spectroscopy, and by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. Bis-nitrosoarene complexes of the form (por)Ru(ArNO)(2)(Ar = aryl group; por = TPP, TTP; TPP = tetraphenylporphyrinato dianion, TTP = tetratolylporphyrinato dianion) were prepared in good yields from the reaction of the nitrosoarenes with (por)Ru(CO). The IR spectra of the complexes (as KBr pellets) display new bands in the 1346-1350 cm(-1) region due to nu(NO). Reactions of the (por)Ru(ArNO)(2) complexes with excess pyridine and 1-methylimidazole produce the mono-nitrosoarene complexes (por)Ru(ArNO)(py) and (por)Ru(ArNO)(1-MeIm), respectively. The IR spectra of these mono-nitrosoarene complexes reveal a lowering of nu(NO) by 14-44 cm(-1), a feature consistent with the replacement of one of the pi-acid ArNO ligands with the more basic pyridine and 1-MeIm ligands. The solid-state molecular structures of two members of each of the three classes of compounds, namely (por)Ru(ArNO)(2), (por)Ru(ArNO)(py) and (por)Ru(ArNO)(1-MeIm) were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and reveal the N-binding mode of the ArNO ligands.

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