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Science. 2005 Jan 14;307(5707):235-8.

A stable aminyl radical metal complex.

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Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Hönggerberg, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland.

Abstract

Metal-stabilized phenoxyl radicals appear to be important intermediates in a variety of enzymatic oxidations. We report that transition metal coordination also supports an aminyl radical, resulting in a stable crystalline complex: [Rh(I)(trop2N.)(bipy)]+OTf- (where trop is 5-H-dibenzo[a,d]cycloheptene-5-yl, bipy is 2,2'-bipyridyl, OTf- is trifluorosulfonate). It is accessible under mild conditions by one-electron oxidation of the amide complex [Rh(I)(trop2N)(bipy)], at a potential of -0.55 volt versus ferrocene/ferrocenium. Both electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and density functional theory support 57% localization of the unpaired spin at N. In reactions with H-atom donors, the Rh-coordinated aminyl behaves as a nucleophilic radical.

PMID:
15653498
DOI:
10.1126/science.1106070
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