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Dalton Trans. 2011 Aug 21;40(31):7850-7. doi: 10.1039/c1dt10248f. Epub 2011 Jul 4.

Faster oxygen atom transfer catalysis with a tungsten dioxo complex than with its molybdenum analog.

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Institut für Chemie, Bereich Anorganische Chemie, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Schubertstrasse 1, 8010, Graz, Austria.


The synthesis and characterization of a series of molybdenum ([MoO(2)Cl(L(n))]; L(1) (1), L(2) (3)) and tungsten ([WO(2)Cl(L(n))]; L(1) (2), L(2) (4)) dioxo complexes (L(1) = 1-methyl-4-(2-hydroxybenzyl)-1,4-diazepane and L(2) = 1-methyl-4-(2-hydroxy-3,5-di-tert-butylbenzyl)-1,4-diazepane) of tridentate aminomonophenolate ligands HL(1) and HL(2) are reported. The ligands were obtained by reductive amination of 1-methyl-1,4-diazepane with the corresponding aldehyde. Complexes 3 and 4 were obtained by the reaction of [MO(2)Cl(2)(dme)(n)] (M = Mo, n = 0; W, n = 1) with the corresponding ligand in presence of a base, whereas for the preparation of 1 and 2 the ligands were deprotonated by KH prior to the addition to the metal. They were characterized by NMR and IR spectroscopy, by cyclic voltammetry, mass spectrometry, elemental analysis and by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Solid-state structures of the molybdenum and tungsten cis-dioxo complexes reveal hexa-coordinate metal centers surrounded by two oxo groups, a chloride ligand and by the tridentate monophenolate ligand which coordinates meridionally through its [ONN] donor set. In the series of compounds 1-4, complexes 3 and 4 have been used as catalysts for the oxygen atom transfer reaction between dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and trimethyl phosphine (PMe(3)). Surprisingly, faster oxygen atom transfer (OAT) reactivity has been observed for the tungsten complex [WO(2)Cl(L(2))] (4) in comparison to its molybdenum analog [MoO(2)Cl(L(2))] (3) at room temperature. The kinetic results are discussed and compared in terms of their reactivity.

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