Using the outer coordination sphere to tune the strength of metal extractants

Forgan, R.S. et al. (2011) Using the outer coordination sphere to tune the strength of metal extractants. Inorganic Chemistry, 50(10), pp. 4515-4522. (doi: 10.1021/ic200154y)

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A series of 3-substituted salicylaldoximes has been used to demonstrate the importance of outer-sphere interactions on the efficacy of solvent extractants that are used to produce approximately one-quarter of the world's copper. The distribution coefficient for extraction of copper by 5-tert-butyl-3-X-salicylaldoximes (X = H, Me, Bu-t, NO2, Cl, Br, OMe) varies by more than two orders of magnitude. X-ray structure determinations of preorganized free ligand dimers (10 new structures are reported) indicate that substituents with a hydrogen-bond acceptor atom attached to the 3-carbon atom, ortho to the phenolic oxygen, buttress the intermolecular hydrogen bond from the oximic proton. Density functional theory calculations demonstrate that this hydrogen-bond buttressing is maintained in copper(II) complexes and contributes significantly to their relative stabilities in energy-minimized gas-phase structures. A remarkable correlation between the order of the calculated enthalpies of formation of the copper complexes in the gas phase and the observed strength of the ligands as copper solvent extractants is ascribed to the low solvation energies of species in the water-immiscible phase and/or the similarities of the solvation enthalpies of the preorganized ligand dimers and their copper(II) complexes.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Forgan, Professor Ross
Authors: Forgan, R.S., Roach, B.D., Wood, P.A., White, F.J., Campbell, J., Henderson, D.K., Kamenetzky, E., McAllister, F.E., Parsons, S., Pidcock, E., Richardson, P., Swart, R.M., and Tasker, P.A.
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Inorganic Chemistry
Published Online:21 April 2011

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