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Inorg Chem. 2006 Mar 6;45(5):1906-8.

Selective oxidations of a dithiolate complex produce a mixed sulfonate/thiolate complex.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003, USA.


Oxygenation or peroxidation of a planar, tetracoordinate, low-spin nickel(II) complex of a N2S2-donor ligand, (N,N'-dimethyl-N,N'-bis(2-mecaptoethyl)-1, 3-propanediaminato)nickel(II), proceeds via the formation of a mixed sulfinate/thiolate complex and leads to the production of a novel dimeric complex containing both sulfonate and thiolate ligands. Thus, reaction proceeds via selective oxidation of the sulfinate sulfur atom, leaving the thiolate reduced. The novel sulfonate/thiolate complex has been isolated and characterized by electospray ionization mass spectrometry and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystals form in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c with cell dimensions a = 8.4647(12) A, b = 12.592(3) A, and c = 12.531(2) A, angles alpha = gamma = 90 degrees and beta = 106.645(11) degrees , and Z = 2. The structure was refined to R = 5.20% and R(w) = 12.86% [I > 2sigma(I)]. The isolation of this mixed sulfonate/thiolate complex from oxidation of a mixed sulfinate/thiolate complex provides experimental evidence for the formation of a sulfonate ligand via a Ni-O-O-SO2R intermediate, as suggested by recent density functional theory calculations.

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