Enhanced Fe-centered redox flexibility in Fe–Ti heterobimetallic complexes

Moore, J. T. et al. (2019) Enhanced Fe-centered redox flexibility in Fe–Ti heterobimetallic complexes. Inorganic Chemistry, 58(9), pp. 6199-6214. (doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00442) (PMID:30957996)

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Previously, we reported the synthesis of Ti[N(o-(NCH2P(iPr)2)C6H4)3] and the Fe–Ti complex, FeTi[N(o-(NCH2P(iPr)2)C6H4)3], abbreviated as TiL (1), and FeTiL (2), respectively. Herein, we describe the synthesis and characterization of the complete redox families of the monometallic Ti and Fe–Ti compounds. Cyclic voltammetry studies on FeTiL reveal both reduction and oxidation processes at −2.16 and −1.36 V (versus Fc/Fc+), respectively. Two isostructural redox members, [FeTiL]+ and [FeTiL]− (2ox and 2red, respectively) were synthesized and characterized, along with BrFeTiL (2-Br) and the monometallic [TiL]+ complex (1ox). The solid-state structures of the [FeTiL]+/0/– series feature short metal–metal bonds, ranging from 1.94–2.38 Å, which are all shorter than the sum of the Ti and Fe single-bond metallic radii (cf. 2.49 Å). To elucidate the bonding and electronic structures, the complexes were characterized with a host of spectroscopic methods, including NMR, EPR, and 57Fe Mössbauer, as well as Ti and Fe K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). These studies, along with hybrid density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations, suggest that the redox processes in the isostructural [FeTiL]+,0,– series are primarily Fe-based and that the polarized Fe–Ti π-bonds play a role in delocalizing some of the additional electron density from Fe to Ti (net 13%).

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sproules, Dr Stephen
Authors: Moore, J. T., Chatterjee, S., Tarrago, M., Clouston, L. J., Sproules, S., Bill, E., Bernales, V., Gagliardi, L., Ye, S., Lancaster, K. M., and Lu, C. C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Inorganic Chemistry
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN (Online):1520-510X
Published Online:08 April 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society
First Published:First published in Inorganic Chemistry 58(9):6199-6214
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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